2012 brought a lot of new people to Google Chrome as the browser has been toying with the top browser spot throughout the year. Alongside all the new Chrome devotees comes a slew of new Chrome extensions that enhance privacy, add functionality, and more. Here are the most popular Google Chrome-related posts for 2012.
It’s no secret that there’s big money to be made in violating your privacy. Companies will pay big bucks to learn more about you, and service providers on the web are eager to get their hands on as much information about you as possible. More »
With each update, Facebook has gotten incrementally more cluttered, perplexing, and ornery-and I’m not even talking about all your annoying acquaintances flooding it with inane status updates. More »
We think Facebook’s new Timeline layout is pretty sweet, if only for its awesome customizability. If you’re adamant about wanting the old Facebook back, though, a simple Chrome extension can abolish the Timeline for good. More »
Election Day is over, and we all know what that means: tomorrow you’ll wake up to an onslaught of annoying, ignorant Facebook posts from your friends (God love ’em) complaining about whichever candidate won. More »
Google recently released a new tool that lets you create your own custom themes for Chrome, and it’s pretty awesome. We asked you to share your custom themes, and a lot of you responded with some pretty snazzy ones. More »
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Once upon a time, you visited a web site that you’re not exactly proud of. Let’s say the content of said web site rhymes with “corn”. More »
You probably use YouTube every single day, but it’s not something you think about tweaking the way you do, say, Gmail. Yet YouTube is filled with annoyances, like obnoxious autoplay, intrusive ads, and mind-numbingly stupid comments (to name a few). More »
Now that Mountain Lion’s out with a shiny new version of Safari 6, we thought it time to revisit our browser speed tests. As always, we’re pitting the four most popular browsers-this time, on a Mac-against one another in a battle of startup speed, tab loading prowess, and lots more. More »
Chrome/Firefox:Everyone’s trying to track you on the web, and it’s hard to keep track of every privacy setting you need to tweak. Privacyfix is here to help, showing you which privacy-invading features you have turned on in Facebook and Google, plus how to keep other sites from tracking you. More »
HTTPS Everywhere Keeps Your Personal Information Safe on Over 1,400 Sites, Available for Firefox and Chrome
Chrome/Firefox: HTTPS Everywhere is a simple extension that, with just a one-click installation, can seriously increase your security on over 1,400 web sites by encrypting your connection. More »
There’s a strange joy in keeping 20 tabs open and pretending like you have the ability to multitask and actually manage all of them. But in reality, most browsers buckle under the pressure of too many tabs and you start to lose track of what you have open. More »
If you’re a night owl, you know how much a regular white web page can hurt your eyes when you open it up. Here are two browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that will make the web a little bit nicer at night. More »
A lot of us stare at a computer monitor for the bulk of our day and reading long articles or books is rarely a comfortable experience. With that in mind, here’s a few steps you can take to make you reading experience less terrible.
The key to getting your computer monitor into shape is partially… More »
Despite the increase in the variety of ways you can consume media and learn about news, Google Reader is still the default news reader for many. While you can always find a good desktop RSS reader to suit your needs, many people still prefer the plain old web experience. More »
If Gmail’s ads-especially the new, experimental image ads-are annoying you but you don’t want to go all out and install a sledgehammer ad blocker like AdBlock Plus, here are a few ways to keep Gmail ads from infiltrating your inbox. More »
Coders love text editor Vim because you can do everything from the keyboard, avoiding detours into into slow, distracting mouse-click work. Here’s how a single Chrome extension can change your browsing habits in similar get-what-you-came-for fashion.
We’ve previously posted about Vimium, and… More »
Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer: Facebook Chat now includes a feature that lets you know when a friend has read your message-or when you’ve read theirs. More »
We’ve mentioned Collusion for Firefox in the past, but the folks at Disconnect have rebuilt the plugin for Chrome users as well, giving them the same live view of how the sites you visit on the web are tracking and transmitting data about you as you browse. More »
There you have it! 2011 was a big year for privacy and Facebook-related extensions, but a few other extensions and tricks slipped through as well. As Google Chrome expands to mobile we’ll likely see a lot more users adopting it, and it’s still our favorite on both Mac and Windows. If you’re looking for more Chrome goodness, check out the most popular posts from 2011 and 2010.