The Who, What, and Where of Internet Extensions

Simply put, extensions are a great way to personalize your web browser. Whether you’re using Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Chrome, extensions are available for a variety of purposes.

WHAT are extensions you say? Extensions are software plug-in’s that work with the web browser to improve the user interface. Many work to improve user privacy and security.

WHERE can I find these extensions? There are four main web browsers that users use now a days: Chrome, Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Safari. For this post I will be using Safari and Chrome as examples for using extensions.

HOW to use extensions for Chrome:

1. Go up to “Chrome” on the upper tool bar and click on “Preferences”

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2. Once in preferences click on “Extenstions”

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3. From there you can click on “Get more extensions” at the bottom of the screen

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4. Then from there you will have a bunch of different extensions to choose from


HOW to for Safari:

You are basically going to follow the same protocol as you would for Chrome

1. Click on “Safari” on the upper toolbar and then click “preferences”

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3. Click on “Extensions” in the upper section of the window. Then switch the toggle switch to “ON”

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4. Go to the bottom of that screen click on “Get Extensions”. This will redirect you to a screen where you can pick an choose different extensions.

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WHO are some good extensions to use? Here is a list of extensions that we here at MacTek actually use with our various web browsers

1. AdBlock – “AdBlock banishes all ads on all web pages. Once you install AdBlock, you’ll immediately see the results. Visit your favorite websites and watch as ads disappear.”

2. FastPass – free password manager

3. Google Translate – Translates whole webpages to the language of your choosing

4. Ghostery – Protects your privacy by showing you which webpages are tracking you.

Those are just a few of the many different extension offered, have fun exploring all the different options!