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Best Security Extensions for Chrome

Google Chrome has grown to be one of the most popular web browsers. It has a market share of approximately 65 percent. Because of its popularity among consumers, advertisers and malevolent actors see it as a profitable target.

Malware, spyware, and browser-based trackers are all attempting to compromise user privacy and security when they surf the internet.

To give a secure and safe browsing experience, Google Chrome has a basic, clean, and responsive layout. Despite the company's excellent work in developing a safe and secure browser, there are numerous ways to improve its security and prevent being a target for attackers. On the Chrome Web Store, there are various security extensions to safeguard your computer from harmful code, preserve your online privacy, and stop invasive advertisements.

The Chrome Web Store hosts Google Chrome extensions, which you can download and install right into your browser. After installing the extensions you can quickly access their settings in the right-hand corner of your Chrome.

In this article, we will cover the following top security extensions for Google Chrome and explain how they may help you, how you can install and configure them.

  • AdBlock Plus
  • AdBlocker Ultimate
  • HTTPS Everywhere
  • Privacy Badger
  • Click&Clean
  • uVPN
  • Ghostery
  • LastPass

1. AdBlock Plus​

Many websites rely on display advertising to make money, but the ones that appear out of nowhere in your browser can be unpleasant, and intrusive. One of the Chrome extensions that allow blocking advertisements that obstruct your web browsings, such as flashing banner ads and popups, is AdBlock Plus.

AdBlock Plus, an open-source project licensed under GPLv3, is among the most well-known and reputable extensions on the Google market. It allows users to experience websites like YouTube without interruption. It is compatible with all major desktop browsers as well as mobile devices.

The main benefits of the Adblock Plus extension are outlined below:

  • Block irritating video advertising and banners, as well as pop-ups.
  • Disable tracking and increase user privacy.
  • Customization of the features such as whitelisting user-preferred websites.
  • Boost user surfing speed (resources are prohibited from loading)
  • Defend users from harmful malvertising that can be hidden in advertising.
  • Free and ongoing assistance

Adblock Plus developers don't believe that all advertisements are harmful, and they think that ads help to fund numerous websites. As a result, they believe that partial ad blocking is preferable to complete ad blocking.

They started implementing the Acceptable Ads program in 2011 after conversations with Adblock Plus users and our community at large. The program lays out precise standards for identifying non-intrusive advertisements. Since 2017, an independent commission has overseen the Acceptable Ads project, which aims to improve advertising.

Acceptable Ads (AA) are not blocked by default in AdBlock Plus. If you don't want to view any advertisements while surfing, you can disable Acceptable Ads too.

Filter lists can be used to block undesired components such as adverts or tracking when browsing the web, allowing you to choose what you want to see.

Adblock Plus allows users to select from a variety of pre-made, externally maintained filter lists, or make their own. Almost all premade filter lists are generated, shared, and maintained by users under open source licenses.

How Adblock Plus works

Figure 1. How Adblock Plus works

Many advertisements include tracking features, and some may even contain viruses. As a result, Adblock Plus is pre-installed with some tracking and malware protection. To improve your safety, you can add extra malware and tracking filter lists.

Installing AdBlock Plus Extension​

To install the AdBlock Plus, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store in your Chrome browser.
  2. Type Adblock plus in the search bar and press enter. This will display the results.

 Search for the Adblock Plus extension

Figure 2. Search for the Adblock Plus extension

  1. Click on the Adblock Plus. This will open the extension information page.
  2. Click the Add to Chrome button to install the extension on your browser.

 Installing the Adblock Plus extension

Figure 3. Installing the Adblock Plus extension

  1. Click the Add Extension button to accept the extension access rights on the notification window.

Adblock Plus permissions notification

Figure 4. Adblock Plus permissions notification

  1. After completing the installation, you will be redirected to the ABP Honor System Page. If you wish, you may donate to the developers. You do not need to pay, you can start to use the extension for free by closing the page.

Adblock Plus Honor System page

Figure 5. Adblock Plus Honor System page

Configuring the AdBlock Plus Extension​

To configure the Adblock Plus addon, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu next to the Adblock Plus addon.

Accessing Adblock Plus Options

Figure 6. Accessing Adblock Plus Options

  1. Click on the Options menu item. This will open the General Settings page.
  2. You may select Recommended Filters as you wish.

Adblock Plus General Settings

Figure 7. Adblock Plus General Settings

  1. You may uncheck the Allow Acceptable Ads option to block Acceptable Ads. If you uncheck this option, a popup will appear for sharing why youοΏ½ve turned off Acceptable Ads. You may go to the survey if you wish.
  2. Click Whitelisted websites on the left sidebar to manage your whitelist.
  3. You may add a website to your whitelist if you wish. Enter the domain name of the website, such as mysite.com, and click the Add Website button.

Managing Whitelisted Websites

Figure 8. Managing Whitelisted Websites

  1. To remove the website from the whitelist, click on the Delete button with a trash box icon next to the website.
  2. Click on the Advanced on the left sidebar to customize the extension AdBlock Plus. This will redirect you to the Advanced page where you may add or delete filter lists, create and maintain your filter lists.

AdBlock Plus customization

Figure 9. AdBlock Plus customization

  1. To update all filter lists, click on the Update All Filter Lists button in the Filter Lists pane.
  2. To disable/enable one of the filter lists, you may click on the Status toggle button next to the list.
  3. To remove a filter list, click on the Delete button with the trash box icon next to the list.
  4. By clicking the configuration button next to the list, you may update the list, access the website of the list, or view the source of the list.

Managing AdBlock Plus Filter Lists

Figure 10. Managing AdBlock Plus Filter Lists

  1. To add a built-in filter list, click on the + Add Built-in Filter Lists button.
  2. To add a filter list via URL, click on the + Add Filter List Via URL button. Enter the URL of the filter list and then click the Add A Filter List button.

Add Filter List Via URL

Figure 11. Add Filter List Via URL

  1. You may also add your own filters by clicking the + ADD button on the My Filter List pane.

You can also manage the AdBlock Plus extension for a specific website or webpage while surfing. To accomplish this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the Adblock Plus addon.
  3. To block or allow ads on the website you are visiting, click on the toggle button next to the website
  4. To block or allow ads on the web page you are visiting, click on the toggle button next to the web page.
  5. You may also view the total number of blocks on the current site and the total number of blocked items across all sites.

Managing Adblock Plus for a website/web page

Figure 12. Managing Adblock Plus for a website/web page

2. AdBlocker Ultimate​

AdBlocker Ultimate is a free and open-source browser extension that stops tracking and filters all advertising and malicious domains. It includes a few comprehensive filters that provide adequate protection against YouTube commercials, irritating, flashing advertisements and other types of content. It doesn't have a whitelist for websites, or ad networks to show advertising, unlike the Adblock Plus extension.

AdBlocker Ultimate supports Windows, Android, and IOS platforms. It is also available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Yandex.

AdBlocker Ultimate uses Ad filter which is a set of filtering criteria for advertising content. These filters are updated regularly.

AdBlocker Ultimate disables the following Types of advertisements:

  • Advertisements in text format
  • Advertisements on banners
  • Ads that appear in the form of pop-ups or tabs
  • Advertisements that appear below the fold (pop-unders) or beneath the tab (tab-unders)
  • Advertising that appears on top of other ads
  • Advertisements on the interstitial pages
  • Advertisements in video
  • Advertisements in webmail
  • Advertisements on Facebook

The main advantages of the AdBlocker Ultimate are as follows:

  • Increase the browser speed.
  • Increase the page's loading time.
  • Reduce the amount of memory used by the pages you visit.
  • Reduce bandwidth usage.

Installing AdBlocker Ultimate Extension​

You can easily install the AdBlocker Ultimate by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing AdBlocker Ultimate Extension

Figure 13. Installing AdBlocker Ultimate Extension

Configuring the AdBlocker Ultimate Extension​

To configure the AdBlocker Ultimate addon, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu next to the AdBlocker Ultimate addon.

Configuring AdBlocker Ultimate

Figure 14. Configuring AdBlocker Ultimate

  1. Click on the Options menu item. This will open the General Settings page.

AdBlocker Ultimate General Settings

Figure 15. AdBlocker Ultimate General Settings

  1. By default, all filtering options are enabled on the extension. In the General tab, you may enable/disable the following options:
  • Automatic language-specific filters: Filters for detected languages on the visited pages are automatically activated.
  • Anti-circumvention: For blocking anti-adblocker messages.
  • Number of blocks in Icon: The number of blocked ads on each page will be displayed in the extension icon

AdBlocker Ultimate Filter Types

Figure 16. AdBlocker Ultimate Filter Types

  1. Click the Filters tab to manage filters. By default, all filters are enabled. There are five types/categories of filters available:
  • Ad Blocking
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Language-specific
  • Custom
  1. You may enable/disable each filter type by clicking on the toggle button next to the filter type.
  2. To enable/disable each filter under a category, click on the name of the filter type, for example, Privacy. Then, use the toggle button next to the filter list to enable/disable a filter.

AdBlocker Ultimate Filters Under Privacy Filter Types

Figure 17. AdBlocker Ultimate Filters Under Privacy Filter Types

  1. You may add custom rules on the Custom Rules type.

AdBlocker Ultimate Custom Rules

Figure 18. AdBlocker Ultimate Custom Rules

  1. You may add a website to your whitelist if you wish. Enter the domain name of the website, such as mysite.com on the Whitelist tab. You may also import or export your whitelist.

Managing Whitelisted Websites on AdBlocker Ultimate

Figure 19. Managing Whitelisted Websites on AdBlocker Ultimate

You can also manage the AdBlocker Ultimate extension for a specific website or webpage while surfing. To accomplish this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the AdBlocker Ultimate addon.
  3. To block or allow ads on the website you are visiting, click on the toggle button next to the Enabled on this site option
  4. To block or allow ads on the web page you are visiting, click on the toggle button next to the Block element option.
  5. You may also view the total number of blocks on the current site and the total number of blocked items across all sites.

Managing AdBlocker Ultimate for a website/web page

Figure 20. Managing AdBlocker Ultimate for a website/web page

4. HTTPS Everywhere​

HTTPS Everywhere is an open-source browser extension that encrypts your web communications making your browsing more secure.

Not all websites on the internet provide users with secure HTTPS connections, posing significant cyber security and privacy concerns. Or default web service may not be HTTPS, and your connection can easily be downgraded to HTTP if you click on a link that hasn't been updated to include the "s."

The HTTPS Everywhere extension which is developed by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation solves this security problem by rewriting requests to these websites HTTPS. It will defend you from a variety of account hijacking and surveillance techniques, as well as censorship.

HTTPS Everywhere uses the DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption dataset to provide even more coverage and protection for the users.

HTTPS Everywhere supports Windows desktop, Android, and IOS mobile platforms. It is available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, and Tor browsers on the desktop. However, while supporting Mozilla Firefox, Brave, and Tor browsers for Android devices, it supports Brave and Onion browsers for iOS devices.

Installing HTTPS Everywhere Extension​

You can easily install the HTTPS Everywhere by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing HTTPS Everywhere Extension

Figure 21. Installing HTTPS Everywhere Extension

Configuring the HTTPS Everywhere Extension​

To configure the HTTPS Everywhere addon, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu next to the HTTPS Everywhere add-on.

Configuring HTTPS Everywhere

Figure 22. Configuring HTTPS Everywhere

  1. Click on the Options menu item. This will open the General Settings page.
  2. To disable the HTTPS Everywhere extension for a specific website, type the domain name of the website and click on the Add Disabled Site button.

Disabling the HTTPS Everywhere extension for a specific website

Figure 23. Disabling the HTTPS Everywhere extension for a specific website

  1. To remove the website from the Disabled Site list, click on the Remove button next to the website in General Settings.

You can also manage the HTTPS Everywhere extension for a specific website while surfing. To accomplish this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the `HTTPS EverywhereοΏ½ addon.
  3. To disable the extension on the website you are visiting, click on the Disable on this site button.
  4. By default, unencrypted requests are allowed. To block unencrypted requests on the web page you are visiting, click on the toggle button next to the Encrypt All Sites Eligible is OFF option.

Disabling the HTTPS Everywhere extension for a specific website while surfing

Figure 24. Disabling the HTTPS Everywhere extension for a specific website while surfing

5. Privacy Badger​

Privacy Badger is a one-click browser extension that prevents trackers and marketers from secretly tracking what pages users visit. If an advertiser or other third party appears to be monitoring the user across numerous websites without his/her consent, Privacy Badger prevents them from loading any additional content in the browser.

Privacy Badger maintains track of third party domains that embed advertising, scripts, and pictures on the pages users visit. Tracking mechanisms such as uniquely identifying cookies, local storage supercookies, and first-to-third-party cookie sharing via image pixels, are all investigated by Privacy Badger. If Privacy Badger notices a single third-party tracker watching you on three different websites, it will instantly block material from that tracker.

Some elements of a page, such as stylesheets, embedded maps, or graphics, may be provided by a third-party site. In such circumstances, Privacy Badger will allow connections to the third party but prevent its tracking cookies and referrers.

Privacy Badger is developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as an open-source project. It supports the following browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox for Android
  • Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Edge for Windows.

Installing Privacy Badger Extension​

You can easily install the Privacy Badger by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing Privacy Badger  Extension

Figure 25. Installing Privacy Badger Extension

Configuring the Privacy Badger Extension​

To configure the Privacy Badger add-on, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu next to the Privacy Badger add-on.

Configuring Privacy Badger

Figure 26. Configuring Privacy Badger

  1. Click on the Options menu item. This will open the General Settings page.

Privacy Badger General Settings

Figure 27. Privacy Badger General Settings

  1. To disable the Privacy Badger for a specific website, click on the Disabled Sites tab.

Privacy Badger Disabled Sites

Figure 28. Privacy Badger Disabled Sites

  1. Type the domain name of the website and click on the + Add domain button.
  2. To manage the built-in tracking domains, click on the Tracking Domains tab. On this page, you may view all tracking domains determined by the Privacy Badger and perform the following tasks:
  • Search for a domain by name,
  • filter tracking domains by type or
  • filter tracking domains by status(all, blocked, partially blocked, allowed)
  • Remove a domain from the tracking domain list
  • Change the status of a domain

Managing Tracking Domains on Privacy Badger

Figure 29. Managing Tracking Domains on Privacy Badger

  1. To remove a domain from the tracking domain list click on the Remove button with X icon next to the domain.
  2. To change the status of a domain, you may adjust the sliding bar next to the domain name. The following are the meanings of the colors:
  • Green indicates that a third-party domain exists, but it hasn't been spotted monitoring you across several sites, so it may be unobtrusive. Every domain will be in this green state when you initially install Privacy Badger. After you start browsing, domains are labeled as trackers.
  • Yellow indicates that the third-party domain looks to be tracking you. However, it is on the "yellowlist" of third-party sites. That is, they appeared to be essential for Web operation after Privacy Badger examined them. Privacy Badger will allow loading the content from this domain but block third-party cookies.
  • The color red indicates that content from this third-party tracker is absolutely prohibited.
  1. To remove or reset all tracking domains, click on the Manage Data tab.
  2. Click on the Remove all button to remove all tracking domains.
  3. Click on the Reset button to reset all tracking domains.

Managing Data on Privacy Badger

Figure 30. Managing Data on Privacy Badger

  1. You may also perform the following tasks on the Manage Data page:
  • Export/Import User Data
  • Export/Import disabled sites to/from the cloud

You can also manage the Privacy Badger extension for a specific website or webpage while surfing. To accomplish this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the Privacy Badger add-on.
  3. To allow tracking on the website you are visiting, click on the Disable for this site.
  4. To block or allow a specific domain, adjust the sliding bar next to the domain name.
  5. You may also view the total number of blocks on the current site at the top.

Managing Privacy Badger for a specific web site you are visiting

Figure 31. Managing Privacy Badger for the website you are visiting

6. Click&Clean​

The Click&Clean, one of the most popular Chrome Web Store extensions, is a Private Data Cleaner that helps you wipe up your private browsing data.

Web browsers and operating systems both keep track of your internet usage. Sensitive personal data may be collected by websites. Anyone who has access to your sensitive personal data can exploit it for selfish and even illegal purposes.

Also, in some circumstances, such as a security breach, users are obliged to entirely wipe all of their saved passwords, cache, and download history. However, it might be a time-consuming procedure. Fortunately, Click&Clean allows users to delete everything with just one click.

You can secure your data security, and online privacy by using the Click&Clean web browser plugin. It is a very useful tool for safeguarding your privacy and data security.

Features of the Click&Clean extension are outlined below:

  • Robust & Simple: Click&Clean is a Chrome web browser plugin with a robust range of functionality that is very simple to use.
  • Predefined modes: It provides you with the following predefined cleaning modes:
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Dev mode: designed for sophisticated users and developers.
  • Time interval options: You can delete your surfing data from the beginning of time or from a certain time period, such as the previous 1-24 hours, the previous week, or any date and time you like.

  • Data options: You can erase all of your personal information at once or just a single data type listed below:

  • Browsing History

  • Download History

  • Cache

  • Cookies

  • Saved Passwords

  • Saved Form Data

  • Local Storage

  • WebSQL Databases

  • Indexed Databases

  • File Systems

  • Application Cache

  • Plug-in Data.

How to Install Click&Clean Extension​

You can easily install the Click&Clean by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing Click&Clean Extension

Figure 32. Installing Click&Clean Extension

At the end of the extension installation, a window asking for installation of the Click&Clean Host application which provides additional features, such as Disk Cleanup & Quick Scan for Malware, will appear. You may skip this step or install the application if you wish by pressing the Install button.

Installing Click&Clean Host

Figure 33. Installing Click&Clean Host

How to Configure the Click&Clean Extension​

To configure the Click&Clean addon, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu next to the Click&Clean addon.

Configuring Click&Clean

Figure 34. Configuring Click&Clean

  1. Click on the Options menu item. This will open the Click&Clean main page. Click on the Options.

Accessing the Click&Clean Options menu

Figure 35. Accessing the Click&Clean Options menu

  1. Now, you can change the default behaviors of the Click&Clean and perform some tasks on the Options menu.

Setting the Click&Clean Options

Figure 36. Setting the Click&Clean Options

  1. You may also access all Click&Clean features by clicking on the Click&Clean item under the Google Chrome Extensions menu.

Accessing the Click&Clean Main Features

Figure 37. Accessing the Click&Clean Main Features

7. uVPN​

uVPN is one of the popular Chrome extensions which provides a VPN (virtual private network) service. It connects users to the Internet through a server rather than directly from their device. All websites, apps, and services will treat a user as if he/she was a user from the selected country. This allows users to mask their true IP address and circumvent limitations. You can use a VPN to mask your location and access the Internet without any restrictions imposed by your actual location.

The uVPN plugin encrypts both incoming and outgoing traffic with high-end AES-256 bit encryption. It is compatible with all major operating systems and browsers, including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.

uVPN has a no-log policy, which means it doesn't keep connection information, track of browsing history, or application usage.

Also, VPN for Streaming in Chrome, VPN for Streaming in Firefox VPN for Streaming on Windows 10, VPN for Streaming on Android, VPN for Streaming on iPhone, and VPN for Streaming on Mac, are all available through uVPN.

uVPN offers three subscription plans, each with a different price: 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year. The functionality and features of the plan you're getting are adjusted based on how many devices you want uVPN to support.

How to Install uVPN Extension​

You can easily install the uVPN by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing uVPN Extension

Figure 38. Installing uVPN Extension

How to Configure the uVPN Extension​

To configure the uVPN addon, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the Best VPN for Chrome by uVPN addon. You may use available Free Servers.
  3. You may use one of the free uVPN servers for trying the extension. To select a free server, click on the Selected location button.
  4. Scroll up to the top of the locations list.

Selecting a free uVPN server

Figure 39. Selecting a free uVPN server

  1. Select one of the free servers by clicking on it. You are now connected to the VPN server.

 uVPN connected  successfully

Figure 40. uVPN connected successfully

  1. To verify that you are surfing via uVPN, connect whatismyip.com and check the location. The location should be the free uVPN server location that you already selected in the previous step.

Verifying the location and IP address

Figure 41. Verifying the location and IP address

8. Ghostery​

Ghostery, a powerful privacy browser extension, enhances the functionality of a desktop web browser. It's the first anti-tracking solution that combines the best of blocklist and AI-powered anti-tracking technology.

Ghostery examines all web domains that are being requested by the web page you are visiting and compares them with a library of trackers to determine if and by whom you are being followed. If Ghostery finds a match, it notifies you via the control panel or a pop-up bubble. If you've set to restrict communication with the tracking sites, the call will be cut off before it leaves your browser.

Ghostery has a collection of over 5000 trackers from over 3000 organizations, which is constantly updated. Furthermore, Ghostery's Ad-Block module makes use of well-known open-source filter lists that include thousands of additional trackers.

Ghostery Browser Extensions is available for download and usage at no cost. Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Yandex, Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer all support Ghostery.

The primary features of the Ghostery addon are as follows:

  • Ads blocking: The built-in ad blocker in Ghostery disables adverts from a webpage, allowing you to focus on the content you desire.
  • Keep your personal information private: Ghostery gives you more control over who collects your private data by letting you see and block trackers on websites you visit. Additionally, the Enhanced Anti Tracking feature safeguards your privacy even more, by anonymizing your data.
  • Faster browsing: By automatically blocking and unblocking trackers to fulfill page quality requirements, Ghostery provides a Smart Blocking feature that is helpful to optimize the page performance and speed up page loads.
  • Dashboard customization: Ghostery provides a variety of displays and insights dashboards so you can view the data that matters to you.

How to Install Ghostery Extension​

You can easily install the Ghostery by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing Ghostery Extension

Figure 42. Installing Ghostery Extension

At the end of the installation, you will be redirected to the Ghostery Upgrade Plan page. You may select Free.

How to Configure the Ghostery Extension​

To configure the Ghostery add-on, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the Ghostery addon.

Ghostery Simple View

Figure 43. Ghostery Simple View

  1. Ghostery provides 2 types of views, Simple and Detailed. In the Simple view, you can see the following information:
  • The total number of trackers + Modified Requests on the web page you are visiting.
  • The number of blocked trackers on the web page you are visiting.
  • A number of modified requests on the web page you are visiting.
  • Page load speed in seconds.
  1. In the Simple view, you can perform the following tasks by clicking on the related button:
  • Trust Site: You may set the website as trusted. All trackers will be allowed and Anti-Tracking disabled on this site.
  • Restrict Site: You may set the website as restricted permanently. Trackers will be always blocked and Anti-Tracking enabled on this site.
  • Resume Ghostery: You may pause the Ghostery extension for 30 min., 1 hour, or 24 hours.
  • Enable/Disable Enhanced Anti-tracking for the website you are visiting: Enhanced Anti-tracking feature anonymizes all your personal information in the requests.
  • Enable/Disable Enhanced Ad-blocking for the website you are visiting: Enhanced Ad-blocking feature catches and removes advertising by using a filter list.
  • Enable/Disable Smart Browsing: Smart Browsing feature optimizes page performance by adjusting the tracker blocking. It automatically eliminates slow or insecure trackers while allowing some trackers that can cause problems on popular websites if they are blocked. This function is run locally and uses no personal information.

Ghostery Detailed View

Figure 44. Ghostery Detailed View

  1. Ghostery Detailed View provides you with all information and tasks that are accessible in the Simple View. It also provides you with detailed information about the detected trackers and advertisements on the website. You may block all trackers and ads by clicking on the Block All button at the top right corner of the page.
  2. To configure the Ghostery further, you may click on the Trackers button with the configuration icon at the top of the page. This will redirect you to the Global Blocking Configuration.

Ghostery Global Blocking Configuration

Figure 45. Ghostery Global Blocking Configuration

  1. On the Global Blocking configuration page, you may perform the following tasks:
  • Search for a tracker
  • Block or allow all trackers
  • Block or allow a specific tracker/tracker category as you wish by clicking on the rectangle next to the tracker

Ghostery Trusted & Restricted Sites Configuration

Figure 46. Ghostery Trusted & Restricted Sites Configuration

  1. You may create a whitelist and blacklist on the Trust & Restrict page.

Ghostery Ad-Block Lists Configuration

Figure 47. Ghostery Ad-Block Lists Configuration

  1. You may select the Ad-Block lists provided by Ghostery as you wish in the Ad-Block Lists page.

9. LastPass​

LastPass is a reliable, secure, and easy-to-use password management extension. LastPass makes it simple to keep your sensitive data safe and private so you can access it anytime you want, from anywhere. It allows you to save all of your passwords, credit cards, and other personal information in your encrypted vault.

The main benefits and features of the LastPass are explained below:

  • User data is encrypted and decrypted at the device level, so even LastPass can't see them. Your master password is unique to you, and only you have access to your vault. LastPass never sends the master password or the keys of the user needed to decrypt data to its servers, and it never has access to them.
  • To ensure comprehensive security in the cloud, LastPass integrated AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 and salted hashes. You may create a password manager account with an email address and a strong master password to produce a unique encryption key locally.
  • LastPass also provides Multi-factor authentication that strengthens account security by demanding a second login step before granting access to the vault.
  • You may add sites to your LastPass password manager vault manually or LastPass saves them when you log in to them. Also, you may import sites from an email account or another password manager tool.
  • It provides a built-in password generator that can generate randomized long passwords for safeguarding you against hackers.
  • LastPass has an auto-fill feature that fills your login information when you sign in.
  • It also keeps your notes, such as credit card information, Wi-fi passwords, organized and safe.
  • The audit feature allows you to find duplicate, old and weak passwords and update them to enhance your security.
  • All of your data is accessible for free on any device. Everything you store on one device is automatically synced across all of your other devices.
  • It supports Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Safari browsers.

How to Install LastPass Extension​

You can easily install the LastPass by following the similar steps explained in the Installing Adblock Plus Extension.

Installing LastPass Extension

Figure 48. Installing LastPass Extension

After installing the LastPass extension, you will be redirected to the Login Page. If you donοΏ½t have an account you need to click on the Create an Account link.

LastPass Login Page

Figure 49. LastPass Login Page

You can create a LastPass account with your email. You need to set your master password for your vault.

Setting LastPass master password

Figure 50. Setting LastPass master password

How to Configure the LastPass Extension​

To configure the LastPass addon, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu next to the LastPass addon.

Configuring LastPass

Figure 51. Configuring LastPass

  1. Click on the Options menu item. This will open the General Preferences page. The most important General options govern how your computer handles sitting inactive and being automatically logged off when you close your browser. Your choice should strike a good balance between safety and ease.

LastPass General Preferences

Figure 52. LastPass General Preferences

To manage your LastPass vault, you may follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Extensions icon at the top right of Chrome.
  2. Click on the LastPass addon.

Accessing LastPass menu

Figure 53. Accessing LastPass menu

  1. You may perform the following task on the LastPass addon menu:
  • Open your vault
  • View recently used items
  • View all items
  • Add an item
  • Generate secure password
  • Accessing Account options
  • Search in a vault
  1. You may add the following items to your vault:
  • Password
  • Secure Note
  • Address
  • Payment Card
  • Bank account
  • Driver license
  • Passport
  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance Policy
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership
  • Wifi-password
  • Email account
  • Instant messenger
  • Database
  • Server
  • SSH key
  • Software License

Adding items on LastPass

Figure 54. Adding items on LastPass

  1. To access your vault, you may click on the Open My Vault link on the LastPass menu.

Accessing the vault

Figure 55. Accessing the vault

Why Use Chrome Security Extensions?​

Cyberthreats for web users have been increasing significantly nowadays. Hackers attack not only enterprise employees but also home users by using advanced hacking methods and technologies. According to the Defense in depth principle, firewalls at the perimeter may not be effective against these evolving cyber threats alone and Internet users must protect themselves by using multiple security layers. End-point security tools are the last barriers that attackers need to bypass to access valuable assets such as sensitive personal data. Browser security extensions are one of the best endpoint security tools. They are powerful, free or cost-effective, and easy to use. Every user, even a novice home user can quickly install and configure them by himself/herself.

The main purpose of security extensions is to provide users complete control over their security and privacy while surfing the internet. They provide the following main features:

Security and privacy​

They protect your privacy and security from hazardous code and other cyber threats.

Ads blocking and malware blocking​

Ad blockers not only prevent your browser from loading any adverts featured on the websites you visit, but they also protect you from malvertising, which uses online ads to distribute malware.

Anti-tracking​

Web tracking is used by social media networks, advertisers, and other companies to acquire information about you. Anti-tracking extensions block the cookies and other types of tracking tools to follow you across the internet. They also inform you how many trackers each website employs. They can even protect you against browser fingerprinting that allows websites to identify you without using cookies.

Password management and protection​

To keep your private information safe against hackers you should have strong enough, unique, and complicated passwords for all of your accounts. The finest password management extensions generate complex passwords for you and keep them safe. You can also easily obtain any password you need to log in.

What are the Benefits of Chrome Security Extensions for Web Security?​

The main benefits of security extensions for browsers are as follows:

  • Protect you from harmful malvertising that can be hidden in advertising.
  • They keep your sensitive data, such as passwords, credit cards, PII information, etc., safe and private by using state-of-the-art encryption.
  • Improve your web surfing performance by decreasing the page loading time you visit.
  • Improve your surfing experience by blocking annoying ads.
  • Allows you to see and block trackers on websites you visit, giving you more control over who collects your personal information. They also protect your privacy by anonymizing your information.
  • Increase the efficiency of your IT systems by reducing the amount of memory used by the pages you visit.
  • Provides efficiency on bandwidth usage by blocking unnecessary network traffic generated by ads and trackers.
  • They hide your IP address and location, allowing you to surf the Internet without being limited by your physical location, bypassing governmental censorship.
warning

Although security extensions for browsers are useful, they should not be used as the only security solution for protecting your end-point. It is strongly recommended that a variety of network security solutions at different layers must be deployed on your network, such as firewalls, IPS/IDS, antivirus systems, etc., depending on your security requirements.

You may install and configure Zenarmor on your network to protect your valuable assets for free.

How to Select Google Chrome extensions to Use?​

The Chrome Web Store has a lot of extensions. However, when you search for a security add-on for your browser, be aware that not all of them are safe. Though many of them claim to protect your privacy, they may be cheating you. You must be certain that you can trust the Chrome extension before downloading it.

Always do your homework before installing an extension on your browser by looking for any potential issues, reading the reviews, and checking the number of downloads. Generally, extensions that are well-known are safer than those that are less well-known. To ensure your online safety you should know what you're installing before adding it to Chrome.

Before you install a security plugin for your Google Chrome, keep the following in mind:

  • Developer: Check whether or not the developer is trustworthy. It may be a major, well-known corporation or a single individual. This does not mean that individual developers are not trusted. But, do your homework before downloading one.
  • Reviews: Check the comments on the web-store that if anyone has experienced odd behaviors on the application, such as crashes or bugs.
  • Code: If you have technical knowledge about programming, you can examine the code of open-source extensions.
  • Description: Look for any red flags, such as their data sharing or tracking policy in the description field of the extension. Don't download anything that seems suspicious.
  • Permissions: You should not install the extensions which request permission to access and update the data of all the websites you visit.