Google & # 39; s Chrome is the most popular browser used in most cases. That said, it also has a security perception issue that causes privacy-affected users to shake the Chrome habit. If you are not planning to leave Chrome soon, here are some tips to maximize your privacy.
Chrome has tools for blocking first-party cookies (which are used to store your preferences for a particular site) as well as third-party tracking cookies (which track your online activities on different sites). Some of these tools must be enabled manually, and we have included instructions on how to do that, along with steps on how to delete cookies that are already stored in your browser. We also discuss how Google intends to prevent fingerprints ̵
There are also numerous extensions available in the Chrome Web Store if you want to protect your privacy outside of Chrome's built-in tools & # 39; s.
Deal with trackers
Version 79 of Chrome, released last December, mainly focused on improving password protection. In Chrome 80, which was introduced on February 4, Google is gradually implementing a new system for sorting and blocking cookies. It allows all first-party cookies, but third-party cookies must contain a specific setting on the same site that ensures that they are accessed via secure connections. (You can manually update the Chrome 80 by going to Help -> About Google Chrome. However, please note that it may take some time for this feature to be fully implemented.)
Google also says that Chrome will gradually disable third-party cookies in favor of an alternative system for cookies using new technologies that Google is developing in two years.
Adjust your tracking settings
In the meantime, you can still manually block cookies in Chrome:
- Go to "Settings" (by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner next to the URL bar). Scroll down and click on "Advanced" at the bottom of the screen or in the menu bar on the left.
- Go to the "Privacy and security" section and then click on "Site settings" -> "Cookies and site data."
- If you only want to block third-party cookies, enable "Block third-party cookies". To block all cookies, disable "Allow sites to store and read cookie data".
After you have blocked third-party cookies in your settings, a cookie icon will appear on the right-hand side of your address bar when Chrome blocks cookies. You can click on that icon to see which cookies are allowed and blocked by each site and choose to block or allow individual cookies. This is as follows:
- Click on the icon and a small window will open
- You can currently allow cookies from this site or continue to block cookies. Click "Done" to save your settings.
- To see which cookies are blocked, click on "View cookies and other site data" at the bottom of that window. You can switch between cookies & # 39; Allowed & # 39; and & # 39; Blocked & # 39 ;.
- Click on the name of the site; you see & # 39; Block & # 39; or & # 39; Allow & # 39; at the bottom of the window so that you can block or allow cookies from that site. If you click on the arrows next to the site names, you will see the individual cookies and you can also block or allow them.
- When you click on the name of an individual cookie, you also see the domain, when it was created and when it expires.
Clean up your cookies
Chrome does allow you to automatically delete your cookies and other data when you leave the browser.
- Go to the "Cookies and site data" page as described above
- Select "Delete cookies and site data when you close Chrome"  Do you want a list of all cookies currently stored by your browser?
- On the "Cookies and site data" page, click "View all cookies and site data". You can delete cookies per site by clicking the trash can icon next to each site name, or you can delete them all by clicking & # 39; Delete all & # 39; to click.
- If you click on the site name, you can see the individual cookies left by that site. Click on the arrow for more information about the cookie and click on the "X" to delete it.
If you want to delete a range of your data from the browser:
- Go to "Settings" -> "Privacy and security" -> "Delete browsing data"
- A window opens with two display options: " Basic "and" Advanced ". With the first you can delete your cookies, browsing history and caches; the latter gives you the chance to delete all those items, along with other types of data, such as your download history, passwords, and auto-fill data.
- At the top of the box, select an option from the menu drop-down next to & # 39; Time range & # 39 ;. You can delete everything from the last hour for all data that has been collected.
- In both views, make sure that the data categories you want to delete are selected, and then click & # 39; Delete data ”
Fingerprints and ad-blocking
Google has proposed a number of fingerprint protections, which it says it plans to implement later this year. One of the proposed steps is a strategy that limits the number of requests for user information, so that not enough data can be collected to identify individual users.
Chrome filters ads by default according to the rules of the Coalition for Better Ads and EasyList, but you can always download ad-blocking extensions to increase your protection.
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