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Post Info TOPIC: Streamlining your Internet experience -- browser tips, extensions, scripts


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Streamlining your Internet experience -- browser tips, extensions, scripts


I'm proposing a unified thread for collating all the tips and tricks that people use to manage their Internet connection. I'm particularly interested in those ideas which deal with annoyances or which make better use of expensive mobile bandwidth.

 

I use uBlock Origin for blocking ads:

https://ublockorigin.com/

It's free and open source and runs on Chrome, Edge, Opera and Firefox. It gives you a count of the number of items blocked on the current site, including their URLs, plus a cumulative historical count. At the moment my cumulative count is 1.1 million (11%).

 

I find animated GIFs annoying, so I use the "Animation Policy" extension to manage them:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/animation-policy/ncigbofjfbodhkaffojakplpmnleeoee

This gives me three options -- allow all animated images, allow once, or disable all.

 

"Have you ever been to a website that displays an overlay and masks the content with a transparent background before seeing its content ? 

This extension allows you to close easily those overlays with one click !"

BehindTheOverlay:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/behindtheoverlay/ljipkdpcjbmhkdjjmbbaggebcednbbme

 

"HTTPS Everywhere is an extension created by EFF and the Tor Project which automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure "http" to secure "https".  It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship."

HTTPS Everywhere:

https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

 



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I run both Telstra and Optus mobile broadband accounts simultaneously through a load balancing router (TPLink R480T). This gives me consistent 50-75Mbps download and 25+ Mbps upload speeds. I also use CloudFlare DNS (1.1.1.2) through a VPN (Hotspot shield) for internet protection.

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Greystone wrote:

I run both Telstra and Optus mobile broadband accounts simultaneously through a load balancing router (TPLink R480T). This gives me consistent 50-75Mbps download and 25+ Mbps upload speeds. I also use CloudFlare DNS (1.1.1.2) through a VPN (Hotspot shield) for internet protection.


Thanks. I was aware that CloudFlare had released a service for mobiles (WARP), but I wasn't aware that PCs and Macs were now supported.

BTW, Opera (Chromium-based) has an integrated VPN which can be toggled on and off. I find that the VPN sometimes interferes with my web browsing.

I confess I had never heard about load balancing routers, so I had to do some searching:

https://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/what-is-adsl-load-balancing

ISTM that load balancing may not provide the kind of benefit that is implied by your download/upload speeds, especially for single users.

 

Load balancing does not combine (or aggregate) broadband connections so it does not, for example, create a single 4 Mbps Internet connection from two 2 Mbps connections (so you wouldn't be able to watch a 3 Mbps high-definition streamed iPlayer video).

So why bother with load balancing? Well, the key benefit of a load-balancing router lies with its ability to support multiple devices/users at the same time to improve the overall experience of users. Load balancing allows devices (such as  PCs, notebooks, iPads and iPhones) to make use of the capacity of more than two Internet connections at the same time.

Just for reference ...

https://www.hotspotshield.com/

https://1.1.1.1/

https://blog.cloudflare.com/introducing-1-1-1-1-for-families/ 



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One of my favourite and most used browser features is custom searches. There are several ways to implement these, and they vary between browsers.

One way is to use the following extension:

Search-from-Popup-or-ContextMenu:

https://github.com/YoshifumiFuyuno/Search-from-Popup-or-ContextMenu/issues

For example, if I want to search Amazon and eBay for a "load-balancing router", I just highlight this term in the current thread and right-click it. I will then be presented with a context menu consisting of various search engine options, one of which is "Shop - Multiple Search". When I select this option, the browser opens two tabs, one for Amazon and the other for eBay. Each tab prefills the search bar with the desired product.

Microsoft Edge has a search engine feature built in. I have bookmarked the relevant Settings page:

edge://settings/searchEngines

You can define your own search engine, or allow the browser to automatically create it for you. 

For example, I often need to find a manual, and to this end I use Google's advanced search. I use the following URL for my custom search engine, and give it a keyword of "gm". The browser automatically replaces "%s" with my search term(s).

https://www.google.com/search?q=filetype%3Apdf+manual+OR+guide+OR+instructions+%s

Now all I do is type "gm my_search_terms" in Edge's address bar.



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I use the "IP Address and Domain Information" extension to display information about the web site I am viewing, and also my own IP address.

https://dnslytics.com/browser-extensions-addons-accelerators

 

I also use Tampermonkey as a userscript manager for several custom scripts:

http://www.tampermonkey.net/

There are thousands (?) of scripts which strip annoyances from web sites, or add features to your browser.

https://www.tampermonkey.net/scripts.php

 



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I used to be into Chrome, Firefox, Opera, TOR etc in earlier days on my PC, but that was a hobby then. Now we are a household that at times run 20+ internet connections when family is staying with us. That's where the load balancing router does its magic. Especially when some are streaming or gaming. My grand kids use their own tablets and the only way to secure them is to have system wide protection. CloudFlare and VPN are good for that. These days I only use a tablet as that meets all my current requirements both at home and on the road. When travelling I use both CloudFlare and VPN to keep things simple.

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I use this translator (by SailorMax):

https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/addons/detail/translator/cdkmohnpfdennnemmjekmmiibgfddako

https://addons.opera.com/ja/extensions/details/translator/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/translator_extension/

 

This extension is useful in finding archived copies of dead links at the Wayback Machine and other places:

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/view-page-archive-cache/

Web Archives is an Opera extension which helps you to find archived and cached versions of web pages. Searches can be initiated from the right-click context menu and the browser toolbar.

 

The Wayback Machine web site provides extensions and applications for various browsers.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wayback-machine/fpnmgdkabkmnadcjpehmlllkndpkmiak?hl=en-US">https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wayback-machine/fpnmgdkabkmnadcjpehmlllkndpkmiak?hl=en-US

https://safari-extensions.apple.com/details/?id=archive.org.waybackmachine-ZSFX78H3ZT

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayback-machine/id1201888313

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.archive.waybackmachine&hl=en_US

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wayback-machine_new/

 



-- Edited by dorian on Friday 27th of November 2020 07:22:32 AM

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Thanks for  "Behind the Overlay"

There is a version for Firefox as well, best add on I've seen for a while



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Hi Dorian re Https everwhere and:


Stable releases for Chrome, Chromium, and Opera 15+:
https-everywhere-chrome-2020.11.17.crx
https-everywhere-chrome-2020.8.13.crx
https-everywhere-chrome-2020.5.20.crx
https-everywhere-chrome-2020.5.19.crx
Note: If you install the standalone .crx (i.e. not from the Chrome Web Store), and you are using Windows, Chrome will automatically disable the extension on each restart. You may be able to work around by using developer mode. See this issue.

How do I know if I downloaded Chrome from the Web Store? Or have standalone?

Thanks

Peter

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To prevent media content from autoplaying in Edge (Chrome), one first needs to go here:

 edge://flags/#edge-autoplay-user-setting-block-option

Select Enable for "Show block option in autoplay settings". "If enabled, block will appear as an option in media autoplay settings. -- Mac, Windows, Linux, Android."

The browser must be restarted for this option to take effect. Then go to . . .

 edge://settings/content

Select Site permissions / Media autoplay, and select Block for "Control if audio and video play automatically on sites".



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