Since its launch in 2008, Google Chrome has become one of the world’s most widely used web browsers. Chrome revolutionized the user experience with its fast load times and simple tab-based browsing.
What many users may not realize is that out of the box Chrome is not one of the more secure browsers out there. Browsing in Chrome's incognito mode may lower the risk of your data being stolen by a malicious app, but as we shared in this article, it's not really private. There are other steps you can take to help safeguard your privacy when using Chrome. Changing a few Chrome settings for privacy and being more aware of your web surfing habits to start. Here are some tips that will help strengthen your privacy when using Chrome.
It is a well-known fact that Google is in the data collection business. After all, that’s how the tech giant knows what you’ve been searching for and what you’ll probably be searching for next. While this data helps Chrome operate faster and more efficiently, it raises serious privacy concerns. One way to protect your privacy is to set your browsing history to be automatically deleted.
Open the Settings tab, then click “Sync and Google services,” then “Control how your browsing history is used,” then “Manage activity.” Activate the three month auto-delete option at the top of the tab.
While you have the “Sync and Google services” tab open, look at the switches to see which ones are turned on. Turn off any switch that pertains to Chrome’s data collection, such as the ones for sending URLs back to Google and sending your browser use statistics.
Google makes it incredibly convenient to use its products on multiple devices thanks to its auto login and sync features. But as efficient as that may be, the downside is that it increases your privacy risks. To help protect yourself better, sign into Google without signing into Chrome. Here’s how:
Open Chrome’s Settings and click on “Advanced” and then “Allow Chrome sign-in.” Turn the switch to “Off.” This will allow you to sign in and out of your Google account on the web without requiring you to log into Chrome.
Cookies are tracking files that are saved to your computer or mobile device so the next time you visit a website, it remembers who you are and what you did the last time you were there. They’re designed to help speed up your online experience, but cookies are also used by advertisers to track your current activity and anticipate your future activity. This is why cookies are such a serious threat to privacy and why clearing them after every online session is so important.
Open Settings and then click “Advanced,” then “Site settings.” Toggle the switch that says “clear your cookies and site data when you quit Chrome” to On. This will ensure that Chrome gets reset every time you close it down and prevent cookies from collecting on your computer.
Some websites you visit remain running in the background after you leave them. In fact, some even stay running when you shut down Chrome. An example of this would be your social media websites, which stay running, so they can continue syncing your files to the web.
To stop websites and apps from running in the background after Chrome is closed, open up Settings, go to System, and click “Advanced.” Then, toggle the switch next to “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” to Off.
Today, many websites and apps request access to your webcam, microphone, and location. While you may want these permissions to be granted in some cases, such as to participate in video conference calls or map directions, you should not be providing access to every website or app you use.
To help improve your security on a given website, open the Settings tab and click “Advanced,” and then “Site settings.” Check under permissions to see which sites have access and then revoke any permissions you don’t want to allow. And when visiting a website or app that asks for camera or microphone permission, determine if it is necessary before giving them access. You can also block all requests.
While changing these Chrome settings for privacy can help reduce your risks, be aware that Google often resets these settings every time the browser is updated. So, you’ll want to check them every time the browser is updated.
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