Stories by Erez Zukerman

Tools for the paranoid: 5 free security tools to protect your data

You just read about another online database hack, and now 4 million users' names and passwords are floating around the Internet--and you have a sinking feeling that one of them might be yours. And then there are the security breaches you don't hear about, the ones that leave nasty surprises in your inbox or on your credit card statement.

Erez Zukerman | 01 Feb | Read more

Review: KeePass makes strong passwords and keeps them safe

If you adopt just one security tool this year, make it KeePass. This free and open-source password manager is available for Windows, with unofficial ports for iOS, Android, Linux, and Mac OS X. A secure, lengthy, completely random password goes a long way towards improving your security--and having a separate password for each and every website and service you use is the single most important thing you can do to keep secure.

Erez Zukerman | 29 Jan | Read more

Enable Flash in Chrome Only When You Want It With FlashControl

Adobe Flash is slowly being replaced with HTML5, but many websites still use Flash for videos, banners, and games. Flash videos and animations take up resources, and may even make your browser unresponsive. And of course, they also move and bounce around, sometimes making it difficult to focus on what you're trying to read. FlashControl (free) offers a simple solution, letting you selectively enable Flash in Google Chrome.

Erez Zukerman | 29 Aug | Read more

Chrome Extension Readability Helps You Format Pages to Your Liking

Even after you replace all Flash objects with placeholders, it may not be easy to sit down and focus on a lengthy read. Perhaps the article loaded with distracting banners, maybe the font size is too small, or perhaps you'd rather curl up in an easy chair to read it. Readability is an elegant service that can solve all of these problems, and more.

Erez Zukerman | 27 Aug | Read more

Chrome/Firefox Extension Gmelius Makes Gmail More Readable

With numerous buttons and options you may never use, Gmail's rich interface can get in the way of actually reading email. To be fair, Google packs a lot of functionality into the interface, but no interface is perfect for 100% of its users. Gmelius is a simple Chrome extension and/or Firefox add-on that lets you pick and choose which features you want to see, and how you want to use them.

Erez Zukerman | 22 Aug | Read more

Vimium Grants Chrome Hotkey Superpowers

Keyboard shortcuts take some getting used to, but offer a rewarding productivity boost for those willing to stick through the initial learning curve. Vimium is a Google Chrome extension that takes this mindset and runs with it, bolting a rich set of keyboard shortcuts on top of Chrome. Shortcuts are inspired by the Vim text editor, but can be remapped as needed. You can use Vimium to switch tabs, click links, select text boxes, and more, all without reaching for the mouse.

Erez Zukerman | 15 Aug | Read more

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