Putting it very bluntly, the world is a bad place. People aren’t safe mentally, physically and even on the cyber platforms. With an increasing number of cyber crimes, one can never be too safe. But even in such scenarios, we do end up putting trust in a few things. One of these trustworthy things seems to be The Google Chrome browser. But is just the browser enough? Well, obviously not. But let us swoop in and be your superheroes as we tell you how to improve your privacy on Google Chrome.
Keep synchronization to the minimum
Though synchronization in Google Chrome is one of its selling points, it does have its side effects too. Continuous sending of data from one device to another or one software to another has the potential to compromise your security. Thus one suggestion is to limit synchronization. To do so click Settings (the three dots on the upper right side of Chrome) and then Settings > Synchronization. You will see “Synchronise everything” as a default setting. Remove that and choose the options which aren’t used that frequently.
Synchronized data should be encrypted.
Encryption is a way of adding an extra security layer to Chrome. Once you set it you will be asked for the password every time the data has to be synchronized thus letting you have control of it. To find this you go to settings and find the encryption option and activate “Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase.” After which you will be asked for a password which you will have to provide later on whenever Google wants to synchronize data.
Web services to be disabled.
Chrome is a highly intuitive application, it corrects spellings, improves browsing etc. but all this is done at the cost of your information being sent around. Which is a bummer hence these options should be disabled.
Disable these options to reduce the amount of your data that is constantly being sent. Ideally, disable them all and keep the option Send a non-tracking request with your navigation traffic activated. With this option, you automatically send to the pages that you visit a Do Not Track request so that they do not track you while you browse. Not all sites respect this but there is no harm in applying for the ones that do.
Cookies have to be kept in check.
Even though they sound tempting you need to control yourself here too. Even though some cookies are necessary for the functioning of sites excessive usage of cookies can affect the security negatively. To limit the cookies go settings then click on the settings option and go to advanced settings. Here click on Content settings and then cookies. Leave Enable sites to save and read cookie data activated. But also activate the options “Block cookies from third parties and keep local data only until you leave the browser. This makes sure the cookies are deleted once you leave the site.
Choose “Ask before access”
Activate ask before accessing on applications such as camera, location, and phone so as to keep a check on its unnecessary usage. This will lead to you being notified if a webpage needs to access these things keeping the final say in your hands.
Clean existing extensions.
Due to its easy accessibility extensions have become a handy tool. But these handy tools also act like sly eavesdroppers who are sending data constantly to an external server. So why keep the ones which you have no use off? For this, you can go through settings and then More tools and choose extensions or you can directly use the url chrome://extensions/ in the navigation bar.
Install extensions to enhance security.
Now I’m sure your extension panel is a bit less cluttered lets add on a few other extensions. Do we here you complain of hypocrisy or opposing views? Well, friends firstly these are extensions that book the security and secondly we still don’t want you to overlook the fact that these extensions are also sly eavesdroppers. But that doesn’t mean these are the bad guys. A few extensions like HTTPS Everywhere the extra ‘s’ in the name stands for security. It automatically switches thousands of website into their secure versions. Other applications such as credit card nanny, Webutation, Netcraft, click and clean etc are also your friends when it comes to security.
Now that you’re well informed about the ways of securing yourselves as much as possible from cybercrimes, do not hesitate to use it. Have a safe cyber life.