Google Chrome Browser Extensions Busy Professionals Should Check Out

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-05-06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    By Don Reisinger
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    Google's Brand-New Password Alert
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    For business professionals who use Google's productivity suite, Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides could come in handy. When a user opens a Word, Excel or PowerPoint file, Office Editing automatically directs it to Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, and lets users edit it. Office Editing, developed by Google, so far has proved popular, with nearly 1.4 million users.
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    ZenMate for the Security-Conscious

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    LastPass is one of the more well-known password security apps in the world. The extension saves users' passwords in a secure repository and automatically populates credentials whenever they go to a site. The extension will also auto-login users and sync passwords on any device running Chrome and LastPass.
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    WebProtector Is Another Phishing Protector

    Another somewhat popular anti-phishing extension is WebProtector. The extension adds an icon next to the address bar and displays a pop-up after analyzing a site. If a site isn't a phishing site, WebProtector will say that it's "safe." A phishing site will yield a warning that the page "is not safe." Image 6: Please use this image:
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    Todoist for Gmail Keeps Your Tasks in One Place

    Todoist is an extension built for Google's Gmail email platform. The app is essentially a to-do list tracker that sits inside Gmail and keeps people abreast of what they need to accomplish. It also comes with the ability to email tasks to a Todoist account and a syncing feature that ensures all tasks are kept up-to-date across devices.
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Google's recent announcement of the anti-phishing Chrome extension Password Alert has renewed interest in apps that can expand the functionality of the browser. Software users frequently look for ways to get more out of software whether it is for work or personal productivity. One of the best ways to do that with Web browsers is to expand the platform with extensions. Google has arguably done the best job of late bringing more developers into the Chrome mix. The company's Chrome Web store is filled with extensions across several topic areas and has enough enterprise-focused extensions for companies to get more out of Google's browser than they might expect. With help from third-party developers, Chrome is actually an easily extendable browser with add-ons that could appeal to many business users. This slide show covers some of the more notable Chrome extensions and how they may come in handy for enterprise users. From security to enhanced productivity, the following extensions promise a better Chrome experience for professionals.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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