How many browsers do you use on a daily basis? We all have become multi-browser-addicted. Like for example, at my work, I use Firefox for research, Chrome for my Gmail accounts, and Explorer to open my PDF files. Based on my experience, I have learned quite a few hacks which help me spend my time on the internet smartly and productively.
In this article, I will share some great tips that will help you enhance your browsing experience and make you a power user of the web.
Tips and Tricks for Better Internet Browsing
So here are the best practices – some of them might sound old, but they are proven to be most effective.
Tip # 1: Memorize the Shortcuts
Do you know how much time shortcut keys can save you while browsing? By simply memorizing the shortcut keys, you can quickly switch between windows and tab without moving your mouse. You can copy and paste the content, and do a lot more. Here’re some most commonly used shortcut keys for your work.
CTRL+Tab: Move between the windows, browsers, pages, or anything open on your screen without moving and clicking the mouse.
CTRL+SHIFT+T: You can reopen a close tab without going into the history of the browser and searching for it with this shortcut key.
CTRL +/-: You can zoom in or out on the screen by simply using this command. To zoom in the screen, you will use CTRL ‘+’ and zoom out of the screen you will use CTRL ‘-.’
Spacebar: Sometimes websites are too lengthy, especially if you are scrolling down on a catalog of any brand or a timeline of your Facebook. In such cases, you need to scroll to go on to the top of your webpage and scroll again to go at the footer. Simply, use Spacebar to go at the bottom of the website and SHIFT + Spacebar to go at the top of the web page.
CTRL + F: To find the content on any webpage or document, you can simply use this command. A search bar will open at the bottom of your browser, type in the desired word in the search bar, and hit ‘Search.’
Tip # 2: Use Incognito Mode
Every browser more or less offers an incognito mode. It is used to keep your browsing history hidden from the browser and avoid unnecessary cookies. You can use Incognito mode for those searches which you do not want to share or don’t want to see appear as targeted ads on your browser. You can also use it to open social media accounts at once and browsing websites which you do not wish your parents or family to found out in history. For privacy seekers, Incognito mode is best.
Tip # 3: Use a Fast and Light-Weight Browser
There are many browsers available on the internet. Many of us only stick to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Whereas there are many fast and much better browsers out there. You can easily switch from Mozilla Firefox and Chrome to faster and lighter browsers such as Dolphin Browser, Brave, Opera, etc.
Some of these new browsers are not only fast but highly secure as well. They have built-in adblocker, VPN, and proxy technologies that keep your internet traffic secure.
Tip # 4: Open Tabs, Not Windows
If you open every website on a new page, it will take more space on your RAM and slow down the processing of your device. Instead of using many windows, you can open new tabs for each website. When it’s getting too complicated, you can switch from one window to another one.
Tip # 5: Use Bookmark Option
Why typing the URL again and again for your most visited website, when you can simply bookmark them and open them with just one click. You can bookmark all the social accounts you use, along with your email IDs such as Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or Hotmail.
Tip # 6: Block Third-Party Cookies
Every website tends to drop cookies on your web browser to keep a track of your browsing activities and serve you targeted advertisements. The best practice is to block all Third-Party cookies. You can find an option to block these cookies in just about every browser’s settings panel.
Tip # 7: Use a Password Manager
Can you open every door of your house with a single key? You can’t. Each lock has a different key, similarly, each of your internet accounts should have a unique and complicated password. Remembering all the passwords is very difficult and keeping them written on a piece of paper is risky. The best practice is to download a password manager. These password managers are secure and can be integrated with any of your browsers, so you just click on any account that is linked with the password manager and it will automatically log in.
Tip # 8: Use a VPN
The Internet is becoming like a pit of fire. You are not safe at all. Hackers and spammer are waiting to trap you. The best practice is to keep your online footprints hidden from everyone, including your ISP. By installing a VPN software, you can not only keep your IP safe, but a VPN also encrypts all your internet traffic and keep it safe from eavesdroppers.
Tip # 9: Use Extensions
There are many extensions available to help you improve your work quality and browsing experience. Such as you can download VPN extensions for each browser. In this way, you will not need to open the app, connect, and use it. You can simply activate the VPN connection within the browser.
Similarly, you can add a Grammarly extension to keep your emails and other content error-free. There are many more extensions such as download manager, screenshot extensions, and much more.
Tip # 10: Pin most important website on the Browser
A website that you visit daily or the social accounts you use every day can be pinned on the web browser. All you need is to open the browser and all the websites, social accounts, and mailboxes will be there just in front of you without having to open them one by one.
Tip # 11: Manage Website Permissions
Websites and apps ask you to allow them to access your location, contact list, email list, webcam, microphone, and more. You need to make sure that you will only allow the one which is needed. Go to site settings > Privacy settings > Advanced settings and manage your permissions.
Tip # 12: Set a Default Browser
If you have more than one browser installed on your device, you need to set a default browser. Your default browser is the one that automatically opens up when you click on web links. You do not have the option to set a default browser on iOS devices, but you can set on all other devices.
Tip # 13: Save Data while Browsing
You can speed up the browsing process by enabling your browser on the lite mode. On lite mode, a browser compresses the data which takes less space on RAM and enhances your browsing speed.
Tip # 14: Clean up your History
One of the best practices for every internet user is to clean up their cache after every online session. This practice helps you keep space on your device as well as keep your searches safe from any outside intrusion. Anyone with access to your device can easily find out what you have searched via your browser internet history.
These tips can help you enjoy an amazing browsing experience with fast speed and a secure internet connection. Make these practices your habit and see how much time you will save on day-to-day activities.