Web expert shows off some useful applications and extensions

Web expert shows off some useful applications and extensions

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Monday on WMBF News at 4 p.m., Larry Collett, president and CEO of NetGalaxy Studios, stopped by with some useful tips and websites any computer user should have bookmarked.

Collett talked about some of the common problems users have when browsing the web, and how to troubleshoot those problems.

Below are the sites mentioned during Collett's interview on WMBF News at 4 p.m.:


Which browser to use? Chrome, by Google, is the world's most popular web browser. First, it is very secure and with the Chrome Store, you can add on a wide range of really cool apps and extensions that will make surfing the web faster, more secure, and extremely customizable.

You can download it for free at: http://www.google.com/chrome


Once you install Chrome as your new browser, a cool extension is called OneTab that allows you to clean up all your tabs in to one tab. Having all those tabs open can slow your computer so this helps save your computers memory in the process. When you want to open all your tabs again, you can restore them individually or all at once.


Tired of seeing ads on websites and getting bombarded with them? Download the AdBlock extension for Chrome and like magic - the ads are gone:

AdBlock (requires Chrome): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom


Can't remember all of your password? LastPass is the only application you need. You can download it at lastpass.com and it will automatically remember your passwords. It has a dual layer of security and your passwords are encrypted so no one can access it. If a website has been hacked, Last Pass will let you know by emailing you an alert to change your password.


We're always looking for more storage than what we already have on our computers. With so many cloud-based storage websites out there, you'll never run out of space. Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud, Cubby and many others offer 5GB's of storage free and if you need more, the price is very minimal. With cloud-based storage, you don't have to carry a thumb drive or portable hard drive to access your documents, images, music, and other files. Usually they have an app as well as a web login that you can access anywhere.

Google Drive: http://drive.google.com

Dropbox.com: http://www.dropbox.com

Amazon Cloud Drive: http://www.amazon.com/clouddrive

Cubby: http://cubby.com

Video: shoot montage of drive.google.com, dropbox.com, amazon.com/clouddrive, cubby.com


We're all concerned about privacy. Collusion, a Google Chrome extension, will let you see all the different websites that are collecting personal data and/or tracking you:


Is it the weekend or late at night and you want to send an email out to someone? If you use Gmail, a really cool solution called Boomerang For Gmail will let you "Schedule" that message to go out at a later time. So now you can write all those emails late at night and schedule them to go out at 9am the next morning:


A great resource for tools and applications to make your life simpler is GO2WEB20.NET:

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