Browser Extension Marketplace Opportunities: Part One
Today, more independent developers are creating browser extensions for websites. Some of the most renowned independent developers include LastPass, Privacy Badger, Tamper Monkey, and AdBlock.
- This is an online freemium password manager, used for storing encrypted passwords. Using a standard version, LastPass provides a web interface for its users, as well as plugins that support web browsers and apps that are supported by smartphones and support for bookmarklets and LogMeIn, Inc.
- In October 2015, LastPass was acquired by LogMeIn. However, LastPass has continued to manage passwords for its clients, as well as providing secure access across devices such as computers and mobile phones.
- Users can save all their usernames and passwords, which makes it easier to auto-login into sites without having to cram these details. Users can also sync these passwords.
- Even though LastPass is a robust password manager that supports several browsers and operating systems, it is a free tool that does not require subscription fees
- Privacy Badger is a tracking blocker that automatically blocks invisible trackers as opposed to listing and busting these hackers.
- Through proper monitoring, Privacy Badger learns the suspect domains that track users as they browse through the web and blocks these domains by sending a 'Do Not Track' warning.
- In the event that these trackers ignore the 'Do Not Track' warning, Private Badger automatically blocks them.
- Private Badger gives a maximum of three websites and if trackers exceed this number, they are classified as suspects and are blocked right away.
- Through various privacy protections, Private Badger is also responsible for removing outgoing link clicks that may track other websites such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook.
- While Privacy Badger is a free service, members are urged to donate to support software development, for legal and activism purposes. Users can donate once, monthly or annually
- This is a userscript manager that is supported by Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari.
- Tampermonkey provides an easy maneuver for userscripts through features that provide a clear overview over scripts such as a built-in editor, import and exports that are ZIP-based, storage-based synchronization, and automatic update checks.
- Various browsers such as Chrome and Firefox have provided the unique steps of installing this user script software.
- Managing userscripts is easy as it allows users to scan through a pop-up menu that details the various userscripts running on that particular website. Users also have the opportunity to enjoy updated scripts that are automatically updated by default on a daily basis.
- The pricing varies from $0 to $9 per user per month, depending on the plan and the features that a user may want to have.
- AdBlock is a filtering software that removes online advertising, through altering random pop-ups in a web browser. Through tools such as ad-blocking, this software provides extensions that run on applications to remove these advertisements.
- AdBlock does not have subscription fees for its users, yet, it provides a cleaner and faster browsing by blocking annoying ads on the web.
- However, there are a few ads that are supported by AdBlock with the aim of supporting some websites.
- AdBlock is an open-source and users automatically agree to the terms and conditions once they click the subscription button.