The 5 Best Extensions for your Web Browser
Published on October 31, 2013
Most people use apps to augment their cell phones. Google maps. Lyft. Words with friends.
Web browser extensions are similar - they're designed to make your online life a little easier. Here are our top 5 favorite browser extensions.
If you're anything like us, you have thousands upon thousands of login ID and password combinations. They're difficult to keep in your head. Thankfully, there is a highly secure browser extension that holds onto these for you, and plugs them into the websites that you need - it is known as LastPass.
LastPass is easy to use, secure, usable on multiple platforms, and free. Remember your password into your LastPass vault, and the app does the rest. All of your password data is encrypted directly on your PC, so only your LastPass password can unlock your data, and you are the only one who has it. Additionally, you can choose to share specific passwords with others that may need to have access to it.
The browser plugin is compatible with many browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Learn more here.
Chrome offers a nice array of apps that can be used even when you don't have access to the internet. There are games and services alike, but our favorites are the Google Docs and Google Drive offline apps. Enable "offline" capabilities with Google Docs, and you will be able to work on your documents even when you don't have any internet available to you. (You could also couple this with Pocket, and access articles and data offline).
Another good item for online shoppers who are interested in bargains, Invisible Hand is the web browser extension that finds you the lowest price on shopping, flights, hotels & rental cars. The best part? It does it automatically. If you're looking for a flight to, say, New York, Invisible Hand will pop up and say - did you know there is this cheaper option out there?
This is a great bargain hunting tool for the holiday season, when you're looking to buy your Amazon Wish List items at the best price available to you online. Check it out, here for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Having trouble finding the right web browser for you and all your extensions? Here's a fun, if overly simple, description of web browsers available to you - Which Browser for Me.