A simple extension will allow you to save data in the browser, without losing almost anything along the way.
We cannot always have access to ADSL or fiber optics, there are times when our connection is very limited and it is in those moments when we realize what a normal web page weighs.
Loading any web can require all the patience in the world under these conditions, either because the images are too heavy, because you have to load videos, or because of heavy scripts that change the page completely.
Google helps you save data in the browser
Fortunately, browsers usually have built-in functions that can help us right now, but it is not always enough. For example, last week at Omicrono we told you how to disable the loading of images in browsers to save data.
However, most of the time we will need to load images, it is not something that we can always disable. Here comes the Google data compression algorithm, included by default with the Chrome browser on Android.
This functionality is similar to Opera Turbo. and other data compressors: when we indicate to the browser that we want to visit a website, it sends it to Google’s servers. They compress the web page and send it to the browser. Thus, the website we receive takes up much less and we consume less data.
Although it is a functionality designed for smartphones, the Google API allows us to use it also on the desktop, we just have to install the appropriate extension for our browser.
Chrome Data Saver
This is the official Google extension for data compression, released after users asked for the same functionality that was in Chrome for Android.
We just have to install it from the Chrome store, and we will see a new icon in the extensions bar. That’s it, there is nothing more to do, from then on the pages we visit will be compressed.
By pressing the button we can see the amount of data we have downloaded since we installed the extension, and the amount of data we have saved approximately.
The percentage varies greatly between websites, saving up to 60-70% on some websites and practically nothing on others. If we click on Details we can see exactly which websites benefit the most. At any time we can deactivate the economizer, of course.
Data saver for Chrome
Firefox Google DataSaver
This extension is not official, but uses the same Google data compression API.
Its operation is similar to the Chrome extensionAs soon as it is installed we will notice the difference, and we can press the button to check exactly how much data we have downloaded and how much we have saved.
A very useful addition is that of the amount of data we have downloaded this month, to know if we are going to go over the monthly fee that we have contracted with our mobile operator.
Otherwise, it is a similar extension, although it does not have the graph that shows which websites are consuming more.
A very important warning is that if you are going to stop using the extension, before uninstalling you must deactivate the data saver in the extension itself. That is, you have to press the switch where it says Data Saver.
Due to a bug, if we uninstall the extension without deactivating this button, we will be without Internet connection with Firefox since the configuration will not have returned to its original state.
Google DataSaver for Firefox
The privacy concerns of these extensions
Before using these extensions, you should take into account some very important aspects for your security and privacy, which have to do with how the data compression API works.
As we have explained, when you use these extensions your browser asks Google’s servers to compress the web and send it to you; Thus, That means that you are telling Google the pages you are visiting and their content.. Whether this is acceptable is something that only you can decide, but it is important that you know where to spend your navigation.
Another detail is that these extensions do not work with pages that use the HTTPS protocolSince they are encrypted and Google cannot simply decrypt them to compress them.
Some features of compressed websites may not work, like geo-location, and we may notice that the pages are somewhat blurry, especially the images, but that’s compression.
If you still need to save data in the browser, these are extensions that can save you at specific times.