The Latest on Managing Chrome Browser Extensions With Extensity and Recent Facebook Changes

John Vrooman | January 2018

Do you use Google Chrome as your web browser? Have you installed many Chrome browser extensions? If you answered, “Yes” to these questions, I think you should consider installing yet another extension called “Extensity.”

The Extensity Chrome extension enables you to create multiple “profiles.” Each profile that you create can be configured so that different Chrome browser extensions can be enabled and/or disabled when selected. For example, you may want to create a profile called “Work” that when selected will have all your Chrome browser extensions that are related to work activities enabled, and all other extensions disabled.

Similarly, you could create a profile called “Shopping” that could have all your special shopping related extensions enabled and all others disabled. You could also consider creating a profile called “Nothing” that could disable all your Chrome browser extensions. A “Nothing” profile could be a good troubleshooting profile to use when your web browser isn’t working properly, and you suspect that the problem may be related to one of your currently enabled extensions.

Personally, I’ve been successfully using Extensity for several months, and like it! I’m impressed with how easy the app is to use and how quickly extensions are enabled/disabled when switching between profiles. To learn more about and download this free and useful extension, please visit www.tinyurl.com/jnfqutn

Possible Solutions to Resolve Blue Screen of Death Problems

I think it’s safe to say that most Windows computer users have encountered (or will at some time encounter) at least one BSOD screen during each of their computer’s lifetime. To view some examples of what BSOD screens typically look like, simply Google “Windows BSOD images” and the search results will return some images of some sample BSOD screens. As business computer users, we should be familiar with what a BSOD is, what it means, and what should be done when one is encountered. Sometimes, simply restarting your computer may be all that’s needed to fix a BSOD problem. However, in many BSOD situations, the solution may involve your having to work through various troubleshooting steps and processes. To help you better understand what a BSOD is, and how to resolve BSOD problems more quickly, please take a moment to visit and read through Lifewire.com article titled “How to Fix a Blue Screen of Death – A Complete Troubleshooting Guide for BSODs in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP”. For your convenience, here’s a courtesy link to the article www.tinyurl.com/yctrgc7o

Note: While you’re at the Lifewire.com website, I would encourage Windows computer users to also look at another article that’s available on the site. The title of this second recommended article is “Find and Use the Windows 10 Firewall—How to use the Windows 10 Firewall.” The article does a good job of explaining what the Windows 10 Firewall is and how you can access it and its settings. A common Windows Firewall related problem that many Windows users encounter is configuring the Windows Firewall so that it won’t or will stop “blocking” a software application from running properly on your computer. The article addresses this common problem/topic to a degree and it can be found here…www.tinyurl.com/yaeq43gu

Related: If you ever find yourself in a situation where you think (or you know) that your Windows Firewall is not working properly, Microsoft has a Window Firewall Troubleshooter application that you can download and run for free. With a little luck, this free troubleshooting app. may be able to repair any Windows Firewall problems that you encounter. Here’s a link to the tool: www.tinyurl.com/zoxu8bx

Facebook Changes

In Facebook’s business news section of its website you will find an article titled “News Feed FYI: Bringing People Closer Together” (www.tinyurl.com/z3f2tf9). If you use or want to use Facebook for business marketing purposes, you should take time to read this article. The article discusses changes that Facebook is making to its service and how the changes will likely impact users (particularly Facebook business page users). The changes that Facebook will be making are going to be implemented over time, so you’ll likely need to be proactive if you’re going to try to stay on top of things as they develop. To do this, you may want to consider setting up a “Google Alert” (www.google.com/alerts) to automatically monitor the web for Facebook-related news. Personally, the search criteria that I added to my Google Alert included the following text “Facebook news feed changes business pages” (I also decided to limit my alert to “News,” but you may not want to be as restrictive.)”

If you want to quickly access the latest news on this topic, simply visit the following web page (www.tinyurl.com/y96s2bey = Google News search using “Facebook news feed changes” as search criteria).

If you have comments, suggestions, tips, questions or just want to say “Hi,” you are invited to contact me at john@johnvrooman.com. I always enjoy hearing from you!

John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media and small business trends/developments. John gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. He has been authoring this column since August 2000 and is an Associate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty's White Plains office.