One of my favourite features of a web browser is the ability to customize it. After all, we’re running it on a personal computer; why not personalize it?
Of course, there’s the ability to add extensions or add-ons to the browser but there’s also the ability to change the colours. I’ve always done that; typically right out of a fresh installation, the tabs and other features are white. I like the ability to change the theme and the colour in the process to make it “mine”.
The downside and something to be aware of is that you can end up taking resources away from your computer so judicial use is always suggested. But, when Google actually does it and not just supports it, you have to believe that the feature would be optimized.
Now, I don’t particularly care if there’s a background image in my browser since I seldom look at a new tab screen for long anyway. But, colours? That’s another story.
From the Google Chrome developers comes a collection of colours that you can install and change you look very quickly.
Off I went like a kid in a candy store. There were a couple of green options, but you’ll notice from the highlight that I’ve settle on “Just Black”. My browser now has got a nice look to it and when I hover over a link on a page the destination is easily readable in white on black at the bottom of the screen.
For me, it’s a keeper.
But, hey, you might want to consider a Rose – at least for today.
Wherever you sign-in, if you enter a username and password that is no longer safe due to appearing in a data breach known to Google, you’ll receive an alert. Please reset your password. If you use the same username and password for any other accounts, please reset your password there as well.
Like many people, I have supposedly had my credentials taken in a breach somewhere along the line. This, determined from this website.
It was a wakeup call to me that all these warnings about not using the same password all the time actually made sense. I’m now far more cautious and use very unique passwords everywhere along with two factor authentication wherever possible. I’ve switched to a password manager on my computer to make difficult and unique passwords possible. I’m still not necessarily feeling 100% secure and, until something that comes along to make things more secure, will probably never feel that way. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad idea either.
I do a spring cleaning periodically and close down accounts that I created at the spur of the moment and then kind of forgot about them. Having had an employer who had a payroll data breach makes the possibilities of problems very real. I think I’ve become a better user as a result.
The irony of using a plugin and browser from a company that relies on personal information isn’t lost on me either.
When was the last time you did a personal security checkup? Would you use a utility like this one? According to the extension site, 568 people are currently using it. Will you be 569?