Chrome extensions to help you work harder, play harder and hide from your boss.
As one of the top browsers on the market, Google Chrome is a useful work tool. Not only does its minimalist interface make it easy to use, but the range of extensions in the Chrome store can help protect your computer, increase your productivity and generally make your life easier. Whether you’re looking for extensions that encourage safe browsing, time-management tools, or something that will stop you getting into trouble at work, this list of Chrome extensions for work can help.
Web of Trust helps protect your machine – and your office’s online network – from untrustworthy links, online scams and malware-infected websites. Once installed, the extension grades each site you visit and displays results to you in a handy little bar chart. WOT uses a traffic light-style system, which is based on previous users’ experiences, rating each website excellent, unsatisfactory or poor. Each page is rated on its prowess in four different areas: trustworthiness, privacy, vendor reliability and child safety.
If you’re a serial bookmarker, but work using several different browsers at the time, Xmarks Bookmark Sync helps you keep track of all your bookmarks by syncing them between your different machines. The extension works with Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox and Safari. The service backs up and synchronizes your bookmarks so you can access everything you save from different browsers at work and at home. You can also use Xmarks Bookmark Sync to remember and sync passwords across browsers too.
We all know that staring at a screen for hours each day isn’t good for our eyes. 20 Cubed undoes some of the damage by prompting you to look away from the screen every 20 minutes. When activated, the extension will display a small pop-up every 20 minutes, reminding you to look away for 20 seconds at an object that is 20 metres away (hence, 20 cubed). By looking at something further away, your eyes will relax and are less likely to strain. The extension comes with a timer that tells you how long you have left before your next break.
Remind Me is useful for those times when you’re getting lost under reams of to-do lists, or need to send a message to yourself 30 minutes from now to stop looking at Facebook and get on with some work. Whether you have to make an important phone call, send an email or meet a crucial deadline, program it into Remind Me, and a pop-up will appear when the task is due. The extension syncs between browsers too, so you can set yourself reminders at work that will display at home. Missed reminders are highlighted in red, so Remind Me will hold you accountable even when you’re not at your computer.
Box provides 5GB free storage and enables you to access your files from other devices, including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. You might be wondering why on earth you’d want to be able to take your work out of the office, but Box provides a helpful tool for collaborating with colleagues and working while away from your desk. Using Box, you and your colleagues can add comments and create discussions, saving time on face-to-face meetings.
It’s a familiar scene: we’re looking at something definitely not work-related online, only to look up and see the boss two feet away and approaching rapidly. Panic sets in, and in attempting to close the browser, we inevitably make it bigger, turn up the volume or cause the screen to freeze. Minimize Chrome to Tray helps minimize your flustered attempts to close Chrome quickly. With a single click, Chrome will disappear to the Windows task manager tray, invisible to all but the most eagle-eyed managers. You can even set up a “boss key” for emergencies, which hides all open Chrome browsers when tapped.