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, as can any other Chromium based browser (such as Brave, the one I recommend you use for privacy).

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. This is a default feature in Brave web browser.

I Don’t Care About Cookies

Those little pop-ups on every website? So cumbersome. I have no idea why the EU decided to make a law that every website has to let you know how the internet works. We all either know what cookies are or don’t care, and this plugin makes the pop-ups go away. This is also a default feature in Brave.

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.

BitWarden / 1Password / 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.

Moreover, it’s a good idea to keep your digital privacy and security diversified so that you don’t have a single point of failure (such as a single Microsoft Live acccount), and it’s always a good idea to prevent Google & Microsoft from knowing too much about you, including your passwords.

Bye Rupert

Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp is monopolising Australian Media. This mainstream media megalith purchasing local community newspapers is a subservise tactic and I don’t want to be fooled by propaganda hidden behind a shell such as The Gold Coast Bulletin. This plug-in prevents that by blocking all sites owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp.