Sharpening Your Edge

The newly-overhauled Microsoft Edge browser has won plenty of fans already, but there are a number of ways that users can make it even better, more efficient, and more secure by choosing the right add-ons. Below we list five add-ons that can enhance your Edge experience.

Password Manager: Edge has an integrated password manager, but this only works for the browser itself. People who use multiple browsers may require a more universal password manager, and you can find these on the Edge Add-ons webpage: Norton Password Manager, Dashlane, LastPass and 1Password are all recommended for generating the most secure passwords possible. If you don’t feel you need such a high level of security, as a minimum you should use the Edge integral password manager and follow recognized best practice protocols when setting your passwords.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials: with privacy and security being a prerequisite for any browser, this add-on is a very useful way of staying protected online. It blocks the majority of invasive trackers and makes sure that you are only connected to websites that use HTTPS. Another useful feature is that it also gives you a “privacy grade” for each page you visit, letting you know exactly what risk you are taking.

The Great Suspender: the Great Suspender add-on monitors all the tabs that you have open in Edge and suspends any that you have not used for a specific time period that you can set yourself. By suspending unused tabs you can significantly speed up your computer and browsing experience.

PopUpOFF: in common with most browsers, Edge boasts an integral pop-up blocker, and in common with most browsers, it’s a fairly basic offering. PopUpOFF provides three different levels of pop-up blocking, easy, hard, and “I just want to read!”. It also blocks other irritating barriers to your enjoyment of browsing such as floating banners and page overlays.

Microsoft Editor: Microsoft Editor integrates seamlessly with Edge and will show you when any of your emails, social media posts or online chats contain grammatical or spelling errors.