Choosing the six best free and almost free Safari extensions is usually a fun task, but this time I had to be a little more careful because of the changes in Safari 12 as well as in MacOS Mojave.
Safari 12 prevents the use of any extensions, borders others and generally improves the user's ability to decide which Safari extensions they want to use, all in the name of security and creating a unified user experience.
You don't have to hurry up and choose another browser to use, but it's definitely an option if your favorite extension is no longer supported in Safari. For the most part, Safari extensions are still supported and available. The changes essentially mean that expansion developers must submit location extensions to the Mac App Store, and use the current Apple Extension API. The result is that many extensions must be updated by the developers before they become available for download and installation from the Mac App Store. Related: Rocket Yard Testing Lab ̵
Two sources for Safari Extensions
Extensions that will work in Safari 12 and later are from two sources: the older Safari Extension Gallery, which is depreciated in favor of the Mac App Store. It is still functional for now, and is a good source of many Safari extensions that have not yet transitioned to the new Mac App Store platform.
The second and preferred source can be found in the Mac App Store; Safari Extensions for MacOS High Sierra and earlier or Safari Extensions for macOS Mojave and later.
I used both of these sources to collect our list of the six best Safari Extensions.
I liked quite a few of the new Safari extensions; they all have very little impact on Safari and Mac performance, which is one of the design goals of the new expansion format. While I can recommend these six, I would like to point out that there are many extensions to choose from in the Mac App Store and more to come.
Ghostery Lite: More than one ad blocker, this Privacy Extension stops most of the trackers who have died in their tracks and prevents them from returning personal information about your browser pockets back to the advertiser's servers. It is also able to get rid of websites of the annoying customer interaction robots that appear and offer to talk to you about a product or service, dispense with social media, which can be integrated into a website, block comments, adult content, audio or video, and, of course, block ads.
Ghostery Lite also lets you include websites in a list of trusted sites, which allows them to override the block you have in place.
Ghostery Lite is easy and does not place
StopTheMadness: How often have you navigated to a site and discovered that your browser stops working.
Ghostery Lite is free. as expected? Many websites suppress the normal operation of a web browser and prevent such routine operations as using hotkeys, opening contextual menus, copying, cutting or pasting text, AutoFill and more.
If I end up on just one site that prevents I leave my password in the right field … Well, you get the idea. StopTheMadness does one thing I really like: it lets you take control of your browser and thumb your nose on sites that will control you.
StopTheMadness is $ 6.99
Right-click: This extension resembles the StopTheMadness concept by restoring features to a site that the site creator has removed. But in this case, it only restores the ability to right-click, select and copy.
Right click is free.
TrafficLight: This Bitdefender Safari extension provides advanced malware protection for sites that can be compromised. TrafficLight can detect malware and phishing attacks and block the site. Even better, TrafficLight can use the Safe Search feature to examine links in the search results, and specify whether they are safe or should be avoided, all before navigating to them.
TrafficLight's main service can be malware-related, but it also identifies and reports on trackers it finds on websites you visit. TrafficLight is installed as a toolbar icon in your browser, which dynamically displays the number of trackers registered and the state of the current website: secure or contains malicious software.
TrafficLight is free.
] Grammar: More than one spell check examines the Grammarly phrases you write, and controls proper grammatical structures. Incorrect use of comma, hyphens and apostrophes have all been discovered, as well as often confused words. The Grammatical Safari extension will work just about anything you can write on a website, including social media, comment sections, and blog entries, although it doesn't currently work with Google Docs.
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Grammar is free, with several additional features available by subscription.
Ka-Block: If you have not forgotten their name, Ka-Block is a content block for Safari that prevents ads from loading on a site you see and prevents them most tracking scripts run. Ka-Block has very little impact on performance, at least with respect to CPU or memory usage.
Ka-Block is free.
Installing, Disabling and Uninstalling
Installing Safari Extensions Has Always Been an Easy Task, but the extensions available from the Safari Extension Gallery and Mac App Store take the installation to an easy one-click process. Just find the extension you want and click the Install button on the Gallery page or the Get button in the Mac App Store. That's all there is to it.
Disabling or uninstalling an extension can be done from Safari. No need to find where extensions are stored and drag files to the trash. Instead, launch Safari and:
Select Settings from the Safari menu.
In the Settings window, select Extensions from the toolbar.
The Extensions window is divided into two squares. The left pane or sidebar contains a list of Safari Extensions installed. The right pane contains information about the selected extension, including the extension name, developer, a brief description of what the extension does, an uninstall button, and a list of any special permissions the extension has, such as the ability to read a webpage's content, or access the browser log .
To disable an extension, uncheck the extension name in the sidebar. This turns off the extension, but let it be installed for future use. You can enable the extension at any time by placing the checkbox in the checkbox.
To uninstall a Safari extension, select the extension you want to remove from the sidebar. In the left pane, click the Uninstall button.
You may want to restart Safari to ensure that the extension is completely unloaded from memory.
Most extensions have one or more preference settings you can change to customize the Safari extension to better suit your needs. Setting preferences are sometimes difficult to find for an extension, but generally you can usually discover them by clicking an extension button if one is added to the Safari toolbar; in a menu, if the extension is added as a contextual menu; or from the menu bar, if the extension adds a menu item.
If it's not clear how to specify an extension's preferences, see the developer's website. You can usually find the information in a FAQ or a support section.
What is your favorite Safari Extension?
Do you have a favorite? Let us know which extensions you are using and if they work with Safari 12 and later, as well as MacOS Mojave or later.