My top five favorite privacy extension for Chromebooks in 2021

My top five favorite privacy extension for Chromebooks in 2021

January 12, 2021 0 By administrator

We’re all aware by now that Chromebooks can’t get viruses, but you still need to protect your data while you browse. There have been a lot of talks lately about how Chrome extensions have been coming up maliciously in the news, but that’s nothing new.

Just before Christmas, 15 such extensions were caught stealing user data and we warned that you ought to remove them immediately. Additionally, The Great Suspender was found to be The Great Pretender – having been sold off to an unknown party and installing updates with code changes on user machines without their permission. Google is starting to give you more control over what data extensions have access to and they’re also creating a ‘seal of approval’ for developers who are more transparent about how they’re using your information. While we encourage that you perform a Safety Check every once in a while for bad actor extensions via your Chrome browser settings, I thought that today I’d take the opportunity to tell you about my favorite five Chrome Web Store extensions for protecting your privacy as you use your Chromebook.

While it may sound contradictory to recommend extensions while there’s so much negative press around them, the ones we’ll discuss today have a rock-solid reputation so far as I’ve seen and I’ve been using them all for several years. While I was a Chromebook Expert in retail, I installed at least one of these on every single Chromebook that I set up for my clients, so I thought that we could shine a light in a dark space today. Let’s get started!

uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin is run by an honest developer named Raymond Gorhill. It’s not advertised as an ad blocker. It’s a “wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature”. However, it does allow you to block ads and even point and click to block JavaScript modules on sites you visit. There are also filter lists for commonly known websites that track and spam you.

An Online Malicious URL Blocklist is enforced by default and there are several URL tracking lists blocked as well. It’s lightweight, open-source, and granular.

If you get nothing else from this list, let uBlock Origin be your go-to extension – period. It’s my advice that you do not even waste your time with AdBlock because, while it’s a popular name, it has had several look-alikes pop up in recent times that are meant to steal your data.

Install uBlock Origin


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Block ads, stop trackers and speed up websites. Ghostery uncovers the trackers on each website and empowers you to control the ones you don’t want for a cleaner, faster, and safer browsing experience.

Ghostery’s built-in ad blocker removes advertisements from a webpage to eliminate clutter so you can focus on the content you want. Enhanced Anti Tracking also anonymizes your data to further protect your privacy.

Install Ghostery


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