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Browser hacks

Castor oil for your webshits

You use, probably, either Chrome or Firefox for web browsing. They are nearly interchangeable regarding desktop browsing, except that Chrome is making changes that seem likely to sap autonomy and give advertisers your data. On the other hand, it has some cool extensions that I like to use. :shrug: Safari is also a thing.

Attention management

Handy website blockers include Stayfocusd (Chrome only), Leechblock NG (Chrome/Firefox).

Chris Straub:

Comments are conversation


Comments are awful. Shut Up hides them by default, sparing your sanity and preventing you from getting sucked into a world of hurt.

For the sites where discussions can be more constructive – like GitHub, Reddit, or Stack Overflow – you can show comments by default. Shut Up is an app you can install on an iPhone or iPad, and a browser extension you can install in Chrome or Safari.


Various privacy-related hacks are also advisable. Add-ons like adblock plus and ublock origin limit the number of tracking services which can view you online.

HTTPS Everywhere forces (more) secure HTTPS mode connection to sites that allow insecure (HTTP) connnection.

Noiszy, bedlam obfuscate your habits by simulating other habits for you.

Firefox multi-user-containers are one low friction option; they compartmentalise your different online service providers. Could be more automatic, but not bad. You could probably cobble together something similar for Chrome using multiple users.

Fuzzify automates and monitors clicking on the “delete my ad data” button in Facebook.

See non-browser options on the privacy page.


Stylish seems to be somewhat cross-browser standard, supporting firefox and Chrome.

State management

Organising windows/tabs/bookmarks and possibly even syncing tabs/booksmarks/etc across devices. So far I know of none that synchronise across browsers, e.g. Safari, Firefox, Chrome.

A good start is One Tab:

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

Sadly it’s closed-source abandonware. There are competitors, such as better-onetab, (Chrome/Firefox) and tabs-aside, which are also open source. I like better-onetab, which I have turned into a cross-browser sync via exporting to files and using file sync, so I gave the extension’s creator money.

A commercial option (free for beta) is : Toby. Looks neat but I wonder how much one should trust them with such intimate data as what you are browsing?

Password managers

You need a password manager. Get one. It’s free and quick.


See browser automation.


Tamperchrome – edit the requests that a browser makes. Super nerdy.

Viewimage fixes google search.

Miscellaneous Chrome command line switches.