Your browser of choice may have changed a lot in the past year, but luckily the best extensions for making your browser better have kept up with all the most popular browsers. Here are our cross-platform, must-have favourites.
Last time we looked at our favourite browser extensions, we only looked at Firefox. A lot has changed in a year, and now our favorite-extension pool has expanded to several other browsers.
10. Web of Trust (WOT)
Web of Trust, or WOT, is a browser extension that’s designed to help you browse more safely. When you search online, WOT accesses its database to see approximately how safe your search results really are. Next to each result it places a coloured circle. Green indicates a safe site, yellow means you should proceed with caution, and red tells you that you should probably steer clear. When you roll over the coloured circle, you’ll get more in-depth ratings. If you really want to look into a particular site, WOT can provide you with ratings from other WOT users. This is especially useful for online shopping. WOT has a special rating for vender reliability to help warn you of a potentially fraudulent storefront. WOT is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer. For Opera and other browsers, a bookmarklet is available.
9. Google Translate
7. Better Gmail
When you’re shopping online, you’re probably accustomed to searching for the lowest price. PriceBlink removes the need to do any actual work and presents you with your options, automatically, while shopping. Just browse to the page of something you want to buy and PriceBlink will show up if it can save you money. In addition to showing you lower prices, if PriceBlink finds a coupon for the retailer you’re visiting it’ll offer that up as well. When you’re not shopping, PriceBlink will stay out of your hair. It’s a pretty great tool for keeping your wallet from getting too thin. InvisibleHand extension.)
There are times when you just do not want to sign up for an account. Maybe you’re lazy, or maybe you don’t want to give out your email address to a web site you’re only going to use once. BugMeNot is an extension that uses the BugMeNot web site to retrieve login credentials for the site you’re visiting. Browse to a site, click the extension icon, and BugMeNot will offer up accounts to try. If the account works (or doesn’t), you can quickly send feedback to BugMeNot to let them know if the credentials are good or bad. This success rate is used to rank the options available to you. BugMeNot uses these ratings to suggest credentials for you whenever you visit a new site. If you want to avoid creating an account, BugMeNot will save you a ton of time.
4. Tab Cloud
2. Greasemonkey / Greasemetal / Etc.
These days there are far more than ten great, must-have browser extensions. We can’t include them all. What are your favorites? Share ’em in the comments.