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Google Chrome extension streamlines your day

Many Google Chrome extensions exist for free to make your life better, and this one makes your work day faster plus gives you stats on your web use!

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Speed up your day with a quick shortcut

We are creatures of habit. We mostly visit and use the same sites today that we used yesterday. And chances are, we’re going to use those same ones tomorrow. Sure, a few new sites can become a part of our regimen, but, for the most part, every professional knows which sites work best for their professional goals. These sites could include anything from finding the most recent industry-related news to a blog you like to follow. Instead of opening a new tab and typing in the URL over and over again, you can take a convenient shortcut.

Speed Dial 2 is a Chrome extension where you can store your favorite apps and webpages. Speed Dial 2’s format makes it quick and easy to access all your needed tabs in just a few clicks. And because all of these sites are stored in one central location, you don’t have to spend time searching for them.

Any time you open a new tab on your browser, you’ll see the list of favorites that you created. You can use it to look at your browsing history, which is perfect if you discovered a great website yesterday, but couldn’t quite remember the URL today.

While this may not seem like a unique feature, it does actually allow you to customize your list. You can choose from over 100 backgrounds and themes to make your Speed Dial 2 list something that represents you as a person and a professional, should you choose to.

You can even create groups of favorite pages, so you can separate your business and personal lives or according to the type of information. Then you can export and sync your personalized settings so it will be uniform no matter which computer or device you’re using.

The advantages and disadvantages of the extension

If you’re worried about privacy and security, it’s important to know that the Speed Dial 2 extension will have access to all of your bookmarks, your browsing history and activity, any and all apps you’ve installed—as well as extensions and themes—and your personal data on any website you visit or use. If you’re uncomfortable with this, Speed Dial 2 may not be the right choice for you.

Whether or not you’re comfortable with the amount of access granted to Speed Dial 2, one thing is for sure. It also benefits you as a productivity tool to see where you’re wasting time online. Once you know that, you can streamline your internet usage and truly separate your professional life from personal and unproductive browsing. There’s a time for browsing the internet for entertainment, to pass the time, or to give your mind a break from the tedium of your everyday professional task, but there has to be a healthy balance, and Speed Dial 2 can help you get there.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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  1. tabjohnson

    August 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Now if my MLS would work on Chrome, I might be able to streamline my life!

    • angjosephdotcom

      August 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

       @tabjohnson you can add the IE Tab (multi) extension found in the Chrome Store.  Works great.  

  2. MenyFridman

    August 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Love this extension, I also recommend the Moovu extension which improves online video watching experience: https://goo.gl/mqLjf

  3. JoelBeasley

    August 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I love speedial, I have used it for about a year. Brillant.

  4. Joe Loomer

    August 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Will clearing your history using the tool in Google Chrome clear the personal data in this extension?
     
    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

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Facebook Messenger for Firefox launched, browsing gets social

Facebook Messenger for Firefox is now live, and users can interact with Facebook while visiting any website or page that can be browsed in Firefox, saving steps and truly integrating social into browsing.

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Facebook Messenger for Firefox users

As a means of integrating social into Firefox users’ experience, Facebook Messenger has launched as part of the browser, built on a new Social API for the web, and because roughly 20 percent of all time spent online is on social networks, Firefox has sought to organically make that a part of their browser. Users need to update to the latest Firefox, then click “Turn On” on the Facebook Messenger for Firefox Page, and Facebook chat and updates pop up right in the sidebar of Firefox.

Here’s how it works:
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Marrying social with browsing

As shown in the video above, when the feature is enabled, you’ll get a social sidebar which includes Facebook updates and chat, and you can like new comments, tag photos, and get notifications for messages, friend requests and more, turning Firefox into a little Facebooking machine.

The company says the integration is the beginning of making the browser more social, adding that more support for other features and multiple providers is on the way.

“Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web,” the company said in a statement, “and we can’t wait to see what cool Web experiences developers will build on our Social API. We want to build a social standard for the Web to give developers more opportunities and users more choice, much like we did with our work on OpenSearch. Imagine using the Firefox sidebar, toolbar buttons and even an AwesomeBar button for news, music, finances, email, group projects and more.”

When users do not wish to be available, Facebook Messenger can be disabled altogether, or simply “hide” the sidebar which will put it away and stop notifications so you can focus.

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Google chrome keeps getting faster and faster

When people get frustrated with the speed of their internet, they often blame their service provider, but the culprit could be an outdated web browser. Google Chrome continues to get faster and faster over time, while others appear to be degrading.

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Not all browsers are created equal

How do you decide which browser to use? Do you use Internet Explorer because it’s what you’ve always used? How about Firefox? Do you use it because it’s potentially the most common and your contacts have recommended it? Or, do you use Chrome because it’s new and fresh? There are other browsers, but these are some of the main ones. The truth is that all browsers are not created equal. Which browser you choose ultimately depends on what you want out of it.

Let’s take a quick look at Chrome, namely its speed. According to the Google Chrome Blog, one of Chrome’s core principles is speed. As such, Google tests and improves Chrome’s speed regularly. And regularly for Google means every six weeks. They liken it to a car mechanic who comes to replace your engine every six weeks. However, it seems as though Chrome is simply enhanced every six weeks, not completely replaced.

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How Chrome is increasing its speed

One way that Chrome continues to increase speed is to diminish and severely lessen wait times, including waiting for the browser to start up and waiting for a dialog box to completely open and load. Chrome has also enabled tests to automatically detect when there is a code issue that slows or may slow it down, both in the long term and in the short term.

Chrome measures speed and overall performance through Octane scores, which “is a JavaScript benchmark [they] designed to measure performance of real-world applications on the modern web.” Compared to last year, Chrome reports seeing a 26% increase from last year’s score. And they promise to continue increasing the speed and maintaining and improving stability, as both are key to Chrome’s success.

When it comes to browsers, you definitely have options. But, if you want speed and precision, it looks like Chrome might be a great option. They’ve already made great progress and improvements, but the best part is that they promise to continue making progress. Just because they are fast today doesn’t mean they aren’t striving to be even faster tomorrow, making Chrome a great browser for both your professional and personal lives.

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Privacyfix: browser extension shows who’s tracking you, what to do about it

Everyone knows that by the mere act of using the web, we are all leaking information like a sieve, but Privacyfix shows you where the leaks are and how to fix them.

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Do you really know who is tracking you online?

Online privacy. It’s a major issue that can be confusing, frustrating, and very violating. You already know that you can adjust your privacy settings on sites like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, but do you know which changes will affect which information on your account? The more concerning question is do you know which sites are tracking you and storing your information? Well, there’s a free solution – Privacyfix, a Chrome and Firefox extension.

In order to keep yourself and your private information protected and secure and still be able to use your favorite sites, it’s crucial that you understand every site’s privacy settings. Just a few tweaks here and there can fortify your browsing experience and give you peace of mind. The truth is, most of the sites you probably visit track you one way or another. Some want to see what you’re searching for and which sites you’re visiting and others will use targeted ads based on content in your sent and received emails. These sites make ample money off of your information, and it’s time to take back the control.

Privacyfix goes one step further

Privacyfix will show you what information is being tracked and which site is doing the tracking. But Privacyfix takes it one step further. It will actually provide you with a detailed list of which privacy settings you need to update to protect certain types of information. Privacyfix gives you the information you need to make the right privacy changes. These sites shouldn’t be given access and permission to track you by default. But, unfortunately, that’s how it usually works. You can put an immediate stop to it by simply using this free extension for either Firefox or Chrome.

Our modern times have shown us that some people are unworried and completely open to sharing every detail of their private lives with a world of strangers. And, let’s be honest; this is incredibly dangerous, no matter if you’re using it for personal or professional purposes. Information is king, but there should be some separation between your professional life and your home life with your loved ones. Too much of your information out in the open can lead to more trouble than it’s worth.

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