5 Chrome Extensions to Improve Your Online Security

Introduction

The internet is a wonderful place, but it’s not always safe. There are bad actors who want to steal your data, hijack your browser to commit fraud, and more. If you’re concerned about improving your online security, and protecting yourself from these dangers. Start by installing these five Chrome extensions:

1Password

1Password is a password manager, that allows you to store and sync all your passwords. Credit cards, important documents and other sensitive information. It is a free service that provides additional security features like autofilling forms and generating strong passwords.

1Password creates a unique password, for every site you visit. So you don’t have to remember them all—just one master password. If someone gets access to your account, they won’t be able to see any of your other passwords. Without logging in as well as having access to the 1Password application itself (or having access to your phone). 1Password, also protects against phishing attempts. By not sending any sensitive information over insecure connections such as public wifi or mobile networks.

The app allows users, to create secure communications with other users through end-to-end encryption. Which prevents anyone from listening in on the conversation between two parties (even the company itself). It also, provides cross-site scripting protection which stops malicious code. From running on websites where personal information may be stored (such as social media sites or banking portals).

LastPass

LastPass, is a password manager. That allows you to store your passwords and other sensitive information in a secure vault.

LastPass is completely free, with no paid upgrades or premium features. It’s available for desktop, browser extensions and mobile apps across multiple platforms (Windows/Mac/Linux/iOS/Android).

You can also sync your data across all of your devices so you can access it from almost anywhere.

Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is a browser extension, that blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. Stops third-party cookies, blocks invisible trackers, blocks all third-party tracking and more. When you visit a website, with Privacy Badger installed. It will scan the page for any behavior that may threaten your privacy. If it finds something suspicious, it will display an icon in your address bar. Letting you know that content has been block from loading or playing on the page.

Privacy Badger also allows users, to see what data is collect about them. On any given site by click on its icon, in their browser address bar. At any time during browsing, so they can take appropriate action if desire against specific offending resources. Within that domain’s ecosystem if necessary (e.g., deleting cookies or blocking images).

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome and Opera extension. That encrypts your communications with many major websites. HTTPS Everywhere can be use to help prevent “man in the middle” attacks. A man-in-the-middle attack happens, when an attacker intercepts your communication. And pretends to be the site you’re trying to communicate with. For example, if you’re using Gmail and click on a link that looks like it’s going to Gmail. But instead goes somewhere else, then someone may have intercepted your communication. The HTTPS Everywhere extension helps prevent this by forcing sites that are normally insecure to use HTTPS instead.

It’s important that you use encryption, because it helps protect your sensitive information from being capture. By attackers who might try to steal it or tamper, with it during transmission. (like when someone could read over someone else’s shoulder).

NoScript Security Suite

NoScript Security Suite is a Firefox add-on that allows you to block Java, JavaScript, Flash and other plugins. It will also block ads and malicious scripts by default. You can set up NoScript, to allow certain domains or websites. So that they can run plugins or scripts. (and therefore collect information about you) while blocking the rest of the sites on the internet.

You can use this extension, in conjunction with other security extensions. Such as uBlock Origin or Privacy Badger to ensure complete protection against online threats like malware and phishing scams. It’s also useful, for keeping track of what’s going on behind your back. When visiting websites—if someone tries to track your every move around the web, then you should know about it!

These chrome extensions can help improve your online security.

1Password

This is a password manager, that can help you keep track of all your passwords. And even autofill them on websites. It’s an excellent solution, for those who are lazy enough to forget their passwords. But diligent enough to want to keep track of them all.

LastPass

This is another password manager, that allows you to use one master password for all your accounts. Instead of having different passwords for each account—something that can be very time consuming and tedious.

Privacy Badger

This extension blocks ads, which means it also blocks some malware. From being able to track you as well as keeping advertisers from gathering information about your browsing habits.

HTTPS Everywhere

This extension, ensures that every website you visit uses HTTPS (the secure version). Which encrypts the connection, between the server and browser. So sensitive data cannot be intercept or altered by third parties during transmission. It’s especially useful if you’re using public Wi-Fi networks regularly!

NoScript Security Suite

The add-on, protects against XSS attacks. By blocking JavaScript code unless it comes directly from trusted domains such as Google or Facebook (and many more).

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you find some useful extensions for your Chrome browser. Remember that the most important thing, is just to keep up with security updates as they are release. So always be sure to install them on your devices!