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10 Best Google Chrome Extensions You Should Have

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10 Best Google Chrome Extensions You Should Have

If you use the Internet for work, school or even just entertainment, your life is probably more complicated than it needs to be. Google’s Chrome Browser has literally thousands of extensions that can streamline your web surfing experience. Here’s a list of Chrome extensions that you should definitely try out.

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    1. Earth View

    Earth View gives you random satellite images from Google Earth every time you open the new tab page. It also tells you the location, so you can take a virtual cruise around the world whenever you need a break from the daily grind. Of the many ‘New Tab’ page extensions, Earth View is definitely one of our favorites.

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      2. Lazarus

      You’ve been filling out that online scholarship application for hours, and by mistake you suddenly hit the back button on your browser! If you have Lazarus, you’ve got nothing to fear. Lazarus automatically saves your webform inputs, so no more accidentally losing all your work!

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        3. Save Text to Google Drive

        Save Text to Drive is one of the most popular Google Drive extensions. If you see a news article that you want to read later on, this extension allows you save the text to your Drive so you can read it at your leisure. Best of all, you won’t be bombarded by videos and banner ads when you read.

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          4. Pixlr

          For the budding graphic designer, Pixlr lets you edit just about any image you come across on the Internet. It’s a great tool for cropping your ex-es out of all your Facebook pics.

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            5. Black Menu

            Black Menu is a small pop-up window in the corner of your browser that gives you access to Gmail, Youtube, Google Maps and your Drive while viewing other web pages and performing other tasks. This extension let’s you keep an eye on your email while reading a news article or watching video while doing online data entry. You can also dig through your Drive files without having to maintain multiple open tabs.

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              6. AdBlock Plus

              Everyone loves AdBlock, except for the people trying to make money through online advertising. It prevents pop-ups and cuts out ads from Youtube videos. Some websites will not function with Ad Block enabled, but it can be turned off for specific pages with only a couple of mouse clicks.

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                7. Simple = Select + Search

                When you highlight any text and right click, you’ll be given the option to search for the text string on Google, IMDB, Wikipedia, Facebook and other websites. This feature makes researching unfamiliar topics easier than ever.

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                  8. Currently

                  For those of you who spend all day inside on your computers, Currently provides the two most important pieces of information you need to know: the time and the weather. Constantly being reminded of how sunny it is outside might encourage you to cut back on your Wikipedia binges and all those Facebook games you’re always playing.

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                    9. Hide YouTube Comments

                    When watching videos online, you probably don’t care all that much about what other people think of them. This extension is great for parents who let their kids play on their computer as it allows them to enjoy videos while being shielded from  the nastiness some people are apt to spew on the Internet.

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                      10. Hola Better Internet

                      This extension is particularly handy for people traveling to many different countries. Hola Better Internet allows you to bypass geographical firewalls, meaning you can watch Netflix even if you’re in a country that blocks it. It also has enormous potential to bypass government censorship in those parts of the world where certain internet activities are often suppressed, which is why it’s also know for making the internet a better place.

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                      Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                        What Does Private Browsing Do?

                        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                        The Terminal Archive

                        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                        Clearing Your Tracks

                        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                        dscacheutil -flushcache

                        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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