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What Is Onion Routing, Exactly? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What Is Onion Routing, Exactly? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet privacy. Anonymity was one of the greatest features of the Internet in its youth (or one of its worst features, depending on who you ask). Leaving aside the sorts of problems that spring forth from anonymous interaction, such as the lack of consequences, Internet privacy and anonymity is important for preventing some serious crimes, like identity theft. And so when topics related to Internet privacy pop up, you’ll often hear of “private browsing” and “proxy servers”.

05-04-2013
What Is Onion Routing, Exactly? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Have Better Social Conversations With Replies And More For Google+ [Chrome]

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Have Better Social Conversations With Replies And More For Google+ [Chrome]

I will say that Google+ has moved out of the shadows and is a viable social network for a lot of specific purposes. The Google+ experience is growing on me. That’s why I really liked what the Chrome extension called Replies and More for Google+ brought to my social conversations. It is a recommended install from our Best Chrome Extensions page.

05-04-2013
Have Better Social Conversations With Replies And More For Google+ [Chrome]
5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners

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5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners

The Chromebook is a form factor that splits opinion, as we previously discovered when we asked you what you thought of the netbook-like devices from Google. However, the Chromebook isn’t going away anytime soon, with Google expanding the number of markets it’s selling Chromebooks in. What follows are Web resources that could prove invaluable to any Chromebook owner.

04-04-2013
5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners
Get More Out Of YouTube Using These URL Hacks

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Get More Out Of YouTube Using These URL Hacks

YouTube doesn’t expose some in-demand features on its website – including playing videos on repeat, downloading them, automatically enabling HD mode, and more. You can do all these things, but you’ll need to know these URL hacks. Most of these tricks allow you to easily do extra things on YouTube just by modifying the URL (web address) in your browser while using YouTube.

03-04-2013
Get More Out Of YouTube Using These URL Hacks
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 2: Bookmarks, Settings & Extensions

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How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 2: Bookmarks, Settings & Extensions

Google Chrome has built a huge user base that other competing browsers could only dream about. And although there are still some good alternatives, Chrome still has won many of us over. If you’ve coming here from part one of this series, welcome! If this is the first article you’re reading, you don’t have to read part one first as this one can stand alone by itself. That said, you still should read it as using keyboard shortcuts is a huge asset to Chrome.

03-04-2013
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 2: Bookmarks, Settings & Extensions
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 – Master The Keyboard

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How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 – Master The Keyboard

Google Chrome for some time has been the browser of choice for many and although the majority of our web browsers can do some pretty impressive things, Chrome has continued to snatch up power users, one after another. I was one. And when we asked you, our readers, why you prefer the browser you use, the answer was clear that Google Chrome reigns among the MakeUseOf readership as well.

02-04-2013
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 – Master The Keyboard
Take A Better View Of Your Photos With Photo Zoom For Facebook [Chrome]

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Take A Better View Of Your Photos With Photo Zoom For Facebook [Chrome]

The small fact that Photo Zoom for Facebook is on our Best Chrome Extensions page was just the first nudge. The statistical fact that it has racked up 2 million plus downloads on the Chrome Web Store was the shove. Frankly, that’s quite a score for an extension that claims to be the best way to view photos on Facebook.

01-04-2013
Take A Better View Of Your Photos With Photo Zoom For Facebook [Chrome]
Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions

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Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions

Chrome or Firefox? This might be the hottest question in today’s tech community, and one you’ll never find a straight answer for. Personally, I think both browsers are great, but have been using Firefox more often because my old computer cannot deal with Chrome’s RAM hogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Firefox is a lightweight browser, it’s most definitely not, but for some reason, Chrome was incredibly sluggish on my machine.

26-03-2013
Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions
5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

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5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

HTML5 is driving Web development forward in an exciting way. It offers a range of advantages over its predecessors, and could (and really should) kill proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5 is capable of handling a wide range of multimedia requirements, including video, audio, and, best of all, games. What follows are 5+ HTML5 games to suit all tastes. These are all free, and available to play in your Web browser right now.

21-03-2013
5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now
Collusion Watches the Watchers – Find Out Who’s Tracking You Online [Firefox]

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Collusion Watches the Watchers – Find Out Who’s Tracking You Online [Firefox]

Track the sites that are tracking you. Collusion is a free extension for Firefox that records every time you’re tracked online, so you can see who is tracking you and try to work out why. The Mozilla Foundation says the extension is intended to help teach users about online tracking. “Not all tracking is bad,” says Collusion’s site at Mozilla.org “but most tracking happens without users’ consent and without their knowledge”.

20-03-2013
Collusion Watches the Watchers – Find Out Who’s Tracking You Online [Firefox]
Figure Out Website Problems With Chrome Developer Tools Or Firebug

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Figure Out Website Problems With Chrome Developer Tools Or Firebug

If you’ve been following my jQuery tutorials so far, you may have already run into some code problems and not known how to fix them. When faced with a non-functional bit of code, it’s very difficult to actually pinpoint the offending line of code – and that’s where debugging and developer tools come in. So before continuing with some more complex jQuery code, I thought we’d examine the tools available in the world’s most popular browser – Chrome.

06-03-2013
Figure Out Website Problems With Chrome Developer Tools Or Firebug
Stay Safe & Private With These 5 Encryption Add-Ons [Firefox]

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Stay Safe & Private With These 5 Encryption Add-Ons [Firefox]

Ciphers have been used throughout history to maintain secrecy and security for sensitive pieces of data. Instead of leaving important information out in the open and available to anyone for reading, these ciphers kept knowledge and messages locked away behind puzzles. At one time, those ciphers may have been simple, but now we have extremely powerful forms of encryption. Think about all of the sensitive data you transmit on a day-to-day basis through your browser.

05-03-2013
Stay Safe & Private With These 5 Encryption Add-Ons [Firefox]
Keep Your SEO Finger on the Pulse of the Web With PageRank Status for Chrome

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Keep Your SEO Finger on the Pulse of the Web With PageRank Status for Chrome

When it comes to promoting a website or a blog on the Internet, there are so many things to think about that it can feel a little bit overwhelming. Setting aside the entire field of SEO – even regular website owners that are not really SEO “experts” need to have a basic understanding of how and why one web page on the Internet may receive more “clicks” and more traffic than another, nearly identical page.

01-03-2013
Keep Your SEO Finger on the Pulse of the Web With PageRank Status for Chrome
Use These 3 Chrome Extensions To Speed Search Your Bookmarks With A Keystroke

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Use These 3 Chrome Extensions To Speed Search Your Bookmarks With A Keystroke

Bookmarks aren’t dead yet. Give me the convenience of setting one up with a single click any day over logging into an online bookmarking service. But yes, the same convenience leads to a lifetime of bad habits. Those little URLs have a nasty habit of piling up. You know that one day, you have to roll up your sleeves and manage your stockpile of bookmarks.

26-02-2013
Use These 3 Chrome Extensions To Speed Search Your Bookmarks With A Keystroke
Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing

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Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing

Private-browsing mode has many other names, including “incognito mode” in Chrome and “InPrivate Browsing” in Internet Explorer. Some people refer to private-browsing mode as “porn mode”, but it isn’t just for porn addicts. It can be used for a variety of other useful things, including determining whether an airfare or shopping website is showing you higher prices.

25-02-2013
Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing