As technology continues to advance, it can be hard to keep up favorite bloggers or share videos that went viral. Handy tools called add-ons, can help enhance the Internet experience.
So what exactly are add-ons?
To some, they are the bar on a webpage that installs itself after downloading the latest version of Java, but the real description of what add-ons consist of comes from Firefox, “Add-ons are small pieces of software that add new features or functionality.” Simply put, add-ons personalize the Internet.
One of the issues with add-ons is that some are exclusive to certain browsers so a favorite browser may affect the number of add-ons available.
A major trend of online media lately is the ability to share. Sharing pictures, videos and messages has defined the web, and getting the most views or likes possible is the main goal for the sharer.
As Share This states, “There is no social without sharing.” And their add-on does just that.
Used on websites such as Vogue, New York and Cosmopolitan, Share This is an add-on that lets you share whatever article, picture, or video you want to share with the media world. A small green button that sits at the top of browsers, it’s perfect to get the information want shared in the timeline or blog.
Pop-up advertisements continue to saturate the Internet. Although many sites were once free of ads, sites like YouTube have a tendency of making the viewer wait 15 seconds before watching the actual video chosen.
Adblock Plus gets around advertisements clogging up Facebook timelines and YouTube videos. Downloadable on Firefox, Adblock Plus is available with just one click.
Sometimes a little personality never hurts, and the Personas Plus add-on found on Firefox is a fun way to add shine to a webpage. Personas Plus has hundreds of different skins for a browser and will even rotate favorite designs.
The last and maybe most useful add-on on the Internet is Leechblock. Leechblock is an add-on most useful while trying to get work done by blocking social media distractions. Leechblock lets the user control what to block, how long it needs to be blocked and even sets a calendar of when to block the websites.
Add-ons can be either negative or positive. Although most are computer safe, a downloader needs to check and make sure the add-on is legitimate. The best way to check that an add-on is safe is by downloading it from a browser’s main page and making sure sites such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari promotes them. Although this may eliminate some interesting add-ons, it may keep the risk of getting a virus.
All of these add-ons are available at the links throughout the story and are free. Searching around and finding the best add-on allows the user to customize their Internet experience.