Pimp My Browser
You’re probably reading this post on an internet browser of some kind. I’d like you to glance up at the corner of your screen and tell me what it says there. Does it say ‘Chrome’? No? Well then download it right now. Install it, and meet me back here in 5 minutes.
Ok then, got Chrome? Good. let’s continue and I’ll tell you why you just made the best decision of your Internet browsing career.
At Coup, Google Chrome is the V8 that keeps us running. We love this browser and use it exclusively. There are a lot of reasons for this that go beyond simply saying, “it’s just better…” (an approach I take when trying to get my Mum to use it), so I’ll go into some of the best ones now.
Google Chrome is reliable, fast, and has a clean and simple user interface. You are also able to perform Google searches by just typing into the address bar, a feature that quickly becomes indispensable. You can even customize the way your browser looks with thousands of theme and layout options.
Finally, Chrome features a task manager to help you keep on top of your work, and it has an incognito mode that allows you to browse without worrying about cookies, or search and download history.
In other words, “it’s just better…”.
Juice it up...
Add-ons and extensions are where you turn Chrome into a souped up browsing machine. The browser itself is just the shell, a stock model if you will. With Chrome’s add-on library you’ll be able to choose from thousands of different apps for thousands of different purposes. Using Chrome without checking out some of these extensions means that you’re missing out on the browser’s full potential.
Here’s three extensions that I use every single day:
These days, hackers and other nefarious online scumbags have the ability to infiltrate and steal your personal information, records, bank details, and even your identity. But sometimes the need to have a series of strong passwords for multiple different websites can seem like a huge inconvenience, even if they are there to protect your vital information.
Thankfully, there are a number of password manager apps that can do the hard work for you, and our favourite is ‘Lastpass’.
Lastpass gives you the option to save all the passwords that you use as you browse the net, it will encrypt them all and give you access to them with one master password.
That’s right, it means you only have to remember one password. Lastpass also has features that allow you to generate secure passwords to replace your weak ones, access your passwords on any device, store login details and usernames, check the strength of your passwords, and provides multifactor authentication for your Lastpass account.
The best part about Lastpass is that it’s basic edition, which contains everything I’ve just talked about, is completely free.
A few years ago, before I installed the AdBlocker extension to my Chrome browser, I was swamped by online ads. Pop ups, banners, competitions and video ads would constantly interrupt and distract me from what I was doing.
AdBlocker is a pay-what-you-want app that gets rid of all that noise. No more ads before a YouTube video, no more popups and no more banners. It’s easy to install and easy to pause and unpause when you need. This extension is a must have for anyone who browses often.
StayFocused is a new addition to my Chrome extension arsenal but it’s been a massive boost to my productivity.
We all have those websites that distract us and suck up our time when we’re trying to get something important done. StayFocused is an app that allows you to put temporary blocks on those websites so you can focus on the task at hand.
Enter in the site you want to block and the amount of time you want to block it for then get back to work. StayFocused even provides a list of sites that are likely to distract you.
If you’re anything like us at Coup, then you spend a lot of time on the Internet. So you’ve got to have a browser that’s gonna hack it. Chrome is the answer… and this list of browsing tools will help you get the best out of it.