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9 Tips to Surf the Web Like a Hacker

9 Tips to Surf the Web Like a Hacker

Have you ever watched your grandma use the Internet? If she is anything like my grandmother, it’s painful, slow process—she always does everything the hardest way possible with the most clicks. Don’t be like your grandma. Use the following pro tips to surf the web like a hacker. We will cover everything from browser shortcuts to search engine operators that will make it easy to find anything on the Web. The average US adult spends 5 hours and 46 minutes in front of a computer, mobile phone or tablet. We spend some much of our lives using the Internet, so let’s learn some tricks to make life a little bit easier.

1. Reopen the last tab that you accidentally closed.

Use Command+Shift+T for Mac OS and Control+Shift+T for Windows. This works with Chrome and Firefox. This is perfect for when you’re comparing products on competing websites and accidentally close the wrong tab.

2. Open incognito windows to simultaneously use two Google accounts.

According to Microsoft in 2011, the average person in the US had 3 email accounts; chances are, that number has only gone up since then. A few years back, Google made all their products available to one login username. This means you can use Gmail, Hangouts, YouTube and Drive with the same username. What if your YouTube account and Gmail are on different email addresses? Instead of logging out, use a incognito window to be in both accounts at the same time. Use the short cut Command+Shift+N to open a incognito window in Chrome or a private window in Safari and Firefox.

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3. Use password mangers so you never have to remember or type in a password again.

Password managers like LastPass and Mitro are great ways to save time and frustration. Password managers work as a plug-in for Chrome or Firefox. To use them, simply sign in to a website like Facebook or Gmail and the manger will ask you if you want to save that password for future use. It works across multiple computers so you can have the same passwords saved at work and at home. Companies have the option of setting up a company account so all passwords are saved with the company and access to them is granted through the plug-in which adds security to the network.

4. Use search function site: to search any domain specifically to find a page you lost.

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    Have you ever been browsing deep in to a website at work and found something interesting that you want to share? Then later, you go back to that site and cant find the path you took to access the page. Use the search operator, site:website.com, in Google search to have google search just that site. You can add a keyword after the operator to narrow down the pages on that site. For example, the search query, “site:lifehack.org”tips to surf “should return this page. Learn more search engine operators here. 

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    5. In Chrome, leave a bookmark name empty to only display the icon and take up less space.

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      Is your bookmark bar in Chrome getting a little too crowded? Right click a bookmark, select edit, delete the name field and leave it blank, save. This will leave what is known as the favicon which is usually the logo of the site. If you need more room on the bookmarks bar use folders to further organize.

      6. Use Adblock to filter out the advertising.

      Sick of advertisements on your favorite content sites like Mashable and Digg? Download the plug in Adblock to filter those ads out of your browsing experience. There’re products available that block ads at the network level giving you an ad free experience on any device in your home.

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      7. Hover links to see their destination pop up in the bottom left corner.

      Simply hover of a hyperlink in Chrome, then look at the bottom left corner to see where the link will take you. This is good for browsing at work and avoiding NSFW websites.

      8. Hold command when you click on a link to open it in a new tab.

      Want a link to open in a new tab but not sure if it will? Hold Command on a Mac or Control on a PC as you click to have it open in a new tab. You can also configure the scrolling wheel on your mouse to do the same function on click.

      9. Highlight a term or phrase that you want to search for in Google, right click and click “search in Google.”

      Simply highlight any term or phrase, right click and select search in Google, the Google search will open in a new tab, saving you some clicks in the process.

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      Published on September 20, 2018

      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

      Minimizing Tabs

      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

      Incognito Mode

      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

      Save Webpages as PDF Files

      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

      Open Recently-closed Tabs

      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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      Solve Mathematical Problems

      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

      Play Media Files

      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

      Stay Focus(e)d

      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

      Grammarly for Editing

      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

      Loom

      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

      Chrome Calendar Extension

      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

      Final Thoughts

      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

      Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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