Holiday season means one thing: cleaning up unnecessary cruft, unused, and legacy installed broswer extensions before the end of the calendar year.

I was looking closely for a compromise between security and privacy protection - and speed of operation, low CPU usage.

My critera for maintaining the key levels of Chrome browser protection can be summarized into three categories: ad blockers, anti-tracking extensions, and site-securing extensions.

I ran a number of searches to deep dive into the subject. The following extensions are the ones I would conside to be the "big three" that answer the three categories.

Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger automatically learns to block invisible trackers.
Privacy Badger

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
HTTPS Everywhere

uBlock Origin

The fastest, most-powerful ad blocker. Block ads, pop ups, and trackers. Speed up your browsing.
uBlock Origin

Honorable mentions include the following Chrome extentions:

Cookie AutoDelete

Control your cookies: auto-delete unused cookies from your closed tabs while keeping the ones you want.
Cookie AutoDelete

PixelBlock

PixelBlock is a Gmail extension that blocks people from tracking when you open/read their emails.
PixelBlock

Privacy Possum

Privacy Possum monkey wrenches common commercial tracking methods by reducing and falsifying the data gathered by tracking companies.
Privacy Possum

Decentraleyes

Protects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Complements regular content blockers.
Decentraleyes

Finally, one productivity app that's worth using:

Block Site - Website Blocker for Chrome

Stay focused and improve productivity. Easily block any distracting or harmful website. Stop procrastination once and for all.
Block Site - Website Blocker for Chrome

Further reading

Knowledge, encryption and privacy tools
Firefox Privacy Add-ons
Privacy discussions

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