Any hardware or software that adds a special or particular feature to the system or software which in results enhances its performance is known as plug-ins. In the context of the browser, any additional software which augments or supports the browsing experience of the user is called plug-ins. Whether related to enhancing its appearance or providing data security for the user, plug-ins often come handy for frequent internet geeks.
There may be a million of reasons why any internet user opts to install plug-ins for their browser. What follows ahead is some of the basic yet important benefits of Plug-ins for browsers.
Improvised Surfing Experience:
Plug-ins are designed to serve some specific and particular purpose. For example, if the browser does not play any video online unless it has a flash player installed in it. Similarly, if the browser does not have the Acrobat plugin it would not open files in PDF format.
Working online for long hours can be sometimes really hectic. And if the work is somehow related to digital marketing or search engine optimization then it has to be the same owing to the fake links that keep popping up behind every link. That’s where the plug-ins came in. It is difficult for a new user to keep the system safe from various malware. By installing suitable pop-up blocker user can evade such risks and keep their personal data safe and secure.
Customized and Smooth Browsing:
One of the best advantages of browser plug-ins is that one can remove it anytime and again install it without facing so much trouble. Also one can have as many as plug-ins one would want. For special features like colorful browser, and installing some exciting themes in your browser you can install plug-ins based on various themes.
Though in several browser software plug-ins might not be able to cover all the needs of the user but simultaneously it never totally disappoints users. For example, one may not have an expert hand in Photoshop but additional browser plug-in like Eye Candy may at some extent provides various filters to edit the image interestingly. Additionally, a browser plug-in (such as Macromedia Flash or Apple QuickTime) allows you to play certain multimedia files within your Web browser.
Free of Cost and secured:
The most meticulous feature of browser plug-ins which made it quite popular is that most of the browser plug-ins are free of cost. Moreover, the additional plug-ins provided by a particular browser is secured, safe and virus free so that user can install it on their browser without giving it a second thought.
Whatever may be the advantages of the browser plug-ins are, there sure are some limitations of it. The most common is that plug-ins are specifically designed for a particular browser and won’t work in another browser. For example, Firefox plug-ins will not be installed or work in Opera, Safari or any other browser. But this limitation may not cover uploads of features and vantages users got from browser plug-ins.