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”
2. Once in preferences click on “Extenstions”
3. From there you can click on “Get more extensions” at the bottom of the screen
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”
3. Click on “Extensions” in the upper section of the window. Then switch the toggle switch to “ON”
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.
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!