You’ve heard the phrase, “humans only use 10 percent of their brains,” and while this is clinically untrue, it’s an undisputed truth that we only use 10 percent of our Google Chrome.
Sadly, there’s no pill that can unlock the untapped potential of our noggins, despite what Bradley Cooper would have you believe. But for your Chrome-based ceilings, there are these 17 totally free add-ons that will assuredly give your browsing a boost and your overall productivity a much-needed gut check. Or at the very least, turn every photo on your Internet into Nic Cage.
4. Stay effortlessly organized
Evernote was described to me as “an infinitely expandable, instantly searchable, all-encompassing backpack holding everything in your life.” After trying it out, I find I have no complaints against this claim. It’s an organizational app worthy of your time, canvassing nearly all aspects of your life, online, and off.
6. Auto-fill every digital form
Have you ever filled out an insanely long online form, only to have missed one number on your credit card, resetting the entire f*cking form? Of course you have, which is why there’s that first-sized hole in your drywall. Lazarus, cunningly named after that dude Jesus raised from the dead, dynamically saves what you’re typing into any given form, and will replenish it in tact, should disaster strike. Now that is truly saintly.
8. Instant access to the world’s greatest knowledge engine
If you don’t know, Wolfram Alpha is arguably the world’s most comprehensive, advanced answer engines—as well as Siri’s best friend. So, having Wolfram on your browser (and on your side) should definitely come in handy, especially if you need to know what planes are flying overhead, or the amount of calories in 3.5 million pounds of Sicilian pizza. Or you know, you’re doing serious, data-driven research, or whatever. Nerd.
12. Block every annoying ad
There’s a smorgasbord of ad blocking add-ons in the Google store, but for my money, uBlock Origin wins ‘Best in Show.’ It does the job spectacularly, gives you meaningful data on what exactly is being blocked (from where), and operates using a big, oversized power button that you click. And literally everyone in the world loves clicking on big, oversized buttons. It’s a win-win. Except for advertisers, I guess.
13. Hack Netflix
Did you know there’s a whole other Netflix sitting out there, just begging to be watched? Dig this: other countries have different streaming options (because of legal mumbo jumbo, and other licensing what-not) and as such, different films that we don’t get in the US. Access this, as well as international versions of other sites, using Hola! Unblocker, a veritable Rosetta Stone of worldly streaming options.
16. Never lose your focus again
Because we all have a lil’ ADD, Stay Focused blocks you from visiting procrastination hotbeds like Reddit, Facebook, and ESPN (certainly not Chaostrophic), but only when you need it. Perfect for getting work done, or keeping your focus on the task at hand…or…wait what were talking about again? Oh yea, I bet there are a lot of cool things happening on Facebook right now!