Top 10 security extensions for Google Chrome

These extensions will help you beef up security and keep your data out of the hands of online criminals.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

One of the great things about browsing the web with Google Chrome is the huge number of extensions that you can download and install to enhance your browsing experience. If you can think of it, there's probably an extension for it. And one area where there's a lot of choice is security extensions.

Here's my top 10 security extensions for Google Chrome.

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#1: ZenMate VPN

This extensions encrypts all your browser traffic and hides your IP address, giving you peace of mind when browsing the web.

ZenMate VPN also lets you change your virtual location so that you can unblock sites that use geolocation to block visitors. ZenMate VPN has over 30 VPN server locations to choose from across the world.

#2: Click&Clean

This one easy to use extension offers a raft of powerful tools, allowing you to:

  • Scan your PC for malware
  • Delete your browsing history
  • Remove download history
  • Erase temporary files
  • Clear cookies and empty cache
  • Delete client-side web SQL databases
  • Remove Flash cookies (LSOs)
  • Protect your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity,
  • Clean up your hard drives and Free up more disk space, including secure file deletion using external applications, like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.

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#3: Blur

Blur is a password manager with a difference because it also helps protect your payments and offers you better privacy by preventing you from being tracked as you browse the web.

#4: Ghostery

Ghostery does three things, and it does them well. It:

  • Blocks ads
  • Protects your privacy
  • Speeds up web browsing

What more do you want?

#5: HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is an extension created by EFF and the Tor Project that automatically switches your browser from the insecure "http" version of websites to a secure "https" version.

#6: Avast Online Security

This extension excels at protecting users against fake phishing sites, helping to prevent spoofing.

A great extension to install into browsers that are used by people who indiscriminately click on links in emails.

#7: uMatrix

uMatrix is a point-and-click matrix-based firewall, which contains a number of privacy-enhancing tools. It puts you in full control of where your browser is allowed to connect, what type of data it can download, and what it is allowed to execute.

#8: Windows Defender Browser Protection

The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension from Microsoft – yes, Microsoft – helps protect your PC, Mac, or Chromebook against online threats, such as phishing emails and websites designed to trick you into downloading and installing viruses and malware.

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#9: AdBlock

AdBlock is the original ad blocker, with over 200 million downloads, and works automatically as soon as it's installed. You can choose to continue seeing unobtrusive ads, whitelist your favorite sites, or block all ads by default.

#10: LastPass: Free Password Manager

My favorite password manager, not only because it is secure and fully-featured, but also because you can use it on all your devices without needing a premium account.

What are your favorite Google Chrome extensions?

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