How to Set your Google Chrome for Maximum Privacy

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Among all those who are happy about using google chrome, you might not be actually aware of chrome sending out user data to its parent company Google. Although the data might well be used to get you maximum results and also targeted ads for the company, it is still not favorable for some of the chrome users who view privacy as a major concern. Well for those of you who still like to use the awesome browser without compromising on privacy there is  a solution.

 

Chrome Privacy Guard

Chrome Privacy Guard is a tool which automatically deletes the unique Client ID that Google assigns to every Chrome installation when installed.  The tool when run causes  the “Local State” file to be canned inside the Chrome directory and removes all information regarding that  Client ID which then automatically starts the Chrome browser.

Google Instant

Google Instant is a feature which enables faster results to be fetched as you type in the search query. So as you type in the address bar of the Chrome Browser, the data will be sent to google each and everything you type in the address bar. The default settings disables this feature and can be found by going to Options-> [CheckBox]Enable Instant for Faster Searching. Disable this feature by unchecking the option if you dont want chrome sending each data to Google.

 

Sync option

Google synchronizes user data like bookmarks, saved passwords and plugins from your browser to the Google data servers. If you dont want to sync your personal data with the google servers you can either choose to sync only limited data with the google servers or you can also disconnect your account completely from synchronizing your data with Google by Clicking the Disconnect Button in   Options->Personal Stuff.

You can also encrypt the data you store with Google in an unreadable format for better security or can also create a passphrase in your local browser which will sync data with Google which even google cannot understand.

 

Under the Hood

The privacy setting in the Under the hood tab lets you manage the level to which the data can be sent and retrieved from google for faster and safer browsing experience. It contains 5 options to manage your privacy level.

When google cannot find the website you typed in the address bar, it sends the data about the typed url and retrieves suggestions for the alternate results you would like.If you would like to disable the option of  chrome sending data to google about the url, you can disable this feature by unchecking the “Use a web service to help resolve navigation Errors”  option.

The Chrome Address bar acts like a default search engine and sends everything you type in to the search engine. It provides you with related previous searches and similar website names as you type in the address bar. Disable the “Use prediction service …” option in the Under the hood tab.

The “Predict network actions to improve page load performance” option helps to resolve IP address from the current page links and sometimes also loads pages in the background under network predictions for better loading time. Disable this feature by unchecking the option if you don’t want to send usage data to Google.

“Enable phishing and malware protection” checkbox downloads a list of potentially malicious sites list and warns you on visiting such websites. It even sends part of websites to google to check the site for safe browsing of websites. Disabling this option wont send the website data to google but you wont be able to check for malicious websites.

The last option is disabled by default and is used to send the performance and crash reports to google for improving their browser. It never sends the website browsing information to google.

 

Cookies

Go to “Under the Hood”-> “Content Settings”

Enable the “Block third party cookies from being set ” option so that third party websites wont be able to track you for advertising purposes. It can sometimes cause problems for some third party websites to work properly.

“Allow local data to be set for current session only” option if enabled stores cookies for current websites till the browser is open.So when you close and open the browser again you may need to re enter the login details again. But this also prevents websites from tracking you everytime.

 

Location Trackers

Websites often track the visitors behavior and location as the user visits the site. But if you dont want the sites from tracking your location data you should disable the location tracking in the Location tab. Set the option to “Do not allow any site to track my phyical location”.

These option settings above provides you a better privacy and controlled usage and monitoring of data. You may as well choose your favorable options in the settings than mentioned above to suite your needs and level of privacy. Cheers..:)

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10 Comments

  1. didn't know Chrome can be set at its maximum security. I've been using it as my default browser for quite a long time now and never heard of this before. Thanks for your instructions. Rally made my day!

  2. atif says:

    i was also using the chrome but didn't try these settings,
    thanks for sharing

  3. I am using Google chrome as browser. I have saved a lot of bookmarks. If I format my PC, I will lose all those bookmarks. So how to back up the bookmarks in Google chrome?

  4. I've been using google chrome for a while but then i had to recover my pc and when i downloaded it again when i search in the toolbar where u put in websites it takes me to yahoo instead of Google.

  5. I have configured my chrome well and set some good home page. You can also filter your google chrome like making it as a sandbox. This will protect you from those malware sites that pops out randomly.

  6. Julia says:

    Google Chrome is the best ever service provided by the company after its own search engine. It has changed the dynamics of internet browsing completely. Safe browsing is also easy for a normal user so it provides you a lot of security features in itself.

  7. Thanks for the tips with the updates and changes I had a hard time finding the options.

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