It’s my first (official) working week of January, so I thought I would begin by sharing what browser extensions I plan to use over the next 12 months to improve my online experience.

Before we jump straight in, for those of you who don’t know, both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are based on the open-source Chromium. This means that they can both use the same extensions almost seamlessly.

News Feed Eradicator

There are so many reasons to avoid social media, but platforms such as Facebook are so pervasive and useful that I still find myself on them daily searching for upcoming events, messaging friends, checking Facebook marketplace.

To help me avoid all of the misinformation, negativity, and imitation-reality, I use News Feed Eradicator by Jordan West. This neat little tool replaces my non-sense feed with customisable quotes. It works for Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit!

AdBlock

A simple ad blocker, also to keep my head free of nonsense.

Dark Reader

To prevent headaches and eye-strain, as well as maintain your circadian rhythm and protect your long-term eye health, it’s a good idea to prevent excessive blue light. Dark Reader assists this by swapping out white background for black.

LastPass

Password managers are built directly into Chrome and Edge, but I want a password manager that can do more and be used on any device. I have it on my phone and on my computers, and I use it for everything; WiFi, drivers licence, bank accounts, medicare card, emails, and much more than just passwords.