Check out our updated list of The 5 Best Chrome Extensions for Online Security in 2018.

The internet is the new Holy Grail, and one can never be too safe on the web. Sure, you might have learned not to open suspicious links from scam emails or other platforms, but sometimes you’ll find yourself at a wicked corner of the web. Once on the dark side, you could be attacked by malware, resulting in compromised data.

Gearing up for the unseen and knowing that it’s quietly running on your device is by far the most painful and slowest way of destruction with regards to your online privacy. You are never too prepared for it unless you implement all the necessary tools that can combat malicious entities and keep your online activities secure.

Keeping this in mind, how does one stay safe on the web? Good question. First, you must realize that securing your online activities takes more than just setting up a password on your WiFi router. While it’s one way to begin, there are many other tools equipped with the necessary protocols to guarantee your privacy and security on the internet.

Here are the top 5 internet security extensions for the Google Chrome browser that you must have:


1. Avast

Avast is a credible name in the online privacy and security industry, known for developing antivirus software and internet security services. The software targets consumer and corporate markets and provides its services to over 400 million users worldwide.

Just like its apps for desktop and smartphone devices, Avast has a Chrome extension that ensures nothing puts you or your data at risk. Avast combats phishing attacks, shows user reviews, and warns a user if the site is believed to be unreliable. The following are the features offered in Avast’s extension:

  • Identifying and blocking phishing sites that continually try to steal your data
  • Giving ratings to a website and warnings by levitating over the link
  • Rating websites with a thumbs up or a thumbs down
  • Automatically fixing typos in a URL
  • Blocking annoying tracking cookies which collect data on your browsing activities

The extension updates frequently to get new security patches.


2. PureVPN

When it comes to online privacy and security, no one does it better than PureVPN. It is one of the leading VPN giants which provide users with unmatched online privacy and security due to its utmost dedication and a self-managed global VPN network of 750+ servers based in over 140+ countries.

The VPN giant claims to offer fast speed internet capability along with strict no log maintaining policy for its users. Additionally, you can bypass censorship laws in any country while being protected at all times when connected to a secure server.

Amongst numerous operating software supports, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS have been the top picks. Just recently, it introduced its very own Chrome VPN extension that provides robust features as follows:

  • Ad-blocking capability
  • Protection against online trackers
  • Shield against malware
  • WebRTC leak protection

This Chrome VPN extension is a clever app that combats all sorts of malicious entities while giving you the internet security you need through its high encryption algorithms. Once connected, your real identity is masked with a virtual IP and the extension keeps you secured at all times.


3. Secure Browsing

Secure Browsing is a Chrome extension that notifies users of possible online threats existing at the back of links you think are legit websites or on the emails you receive. Links are classified by this backlist data and are immediately blocked if they’re not secure.

Features offered by Secure Browsing include:

  • Readily accessible by right-clicking any link or file.
  • Works on text links, image links and other file links.

Secure Browsing claims to be one step ahead of viruses, phishing software and malware as it’s constantly working around the clock to hunt them. Once connected to Secure Browsing extension, you are constantly advised about probable online threats.


4. HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is yet another internet security extension that is created by the renowned non-profit organization, EFF or Electronic Frontier Foundation along with the Tor Project. As the name suggests, HTTPS secures your insecure HTTP connection.

Essentially, an HTTPS connection will protect you against numerous sorts of malicious entities that are constantly targeting you. With an HTTPS connection, you are secured against surveillance by your government and your ISP, as well as third parties. Moreover, the information you share on the website such as passwords, credit card numbers and any other details are kept private.

Once connected with HTTPS Everywhere, the pages might look unusual. The reason for that is mostly because some insecure portions of the site are removed for your security.


5. ZenMate

ZenMate VPN is an extension that promises to provide users with supreme privacy online. The extension VPN encrypts all of your online traffic and hides your IP address so that you can browse the web anonymously.

It is used by millions of users worldwide due to the following reasons:

  • Total Security & Privacy
  • Complete Freedom
  • Fastest VPN Application
  • Smart Price
  • Desktop and Mobile VPN clients
  • Maximum Speed VPN & Premium Locations
  • Smart Locations

As with any other Chrome extension that provides internet security, ZenMate too provides you with the security against the numerous threats that lurk in today’s digital world.


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Anas Baig

Security Journalist & Writer at Geektime
Anas Baig is a security journalist who covers cyber security & tech news. A computer science graduate specializing in internet security, science and technology. He is a security professional and a writer with a passion for robots, IoT devices, and cars. Follow him on Twitter @anasbaigdm, or email him directly by clicking here.