How to protect your privacy using Google Chrome

Currently the most popular browser is Google Chrome. In the event that we have our Google account synchronized, it offers us many possibilities, such as managing our passwords, bookmarks, as well as allowing us to work with its tools such as Google Drive. On the other hand, users increasingly value our privacy. Sometimes we have doubts in choosing between the comforts that it offers us or gaining privacy. Not to mention that sometimes you have to share your computer and you don’t want other people to look at your bookmarks or other data. In this article we are going to see how you can protect privacy in Google Chrome.

protect your privacy using Google Chrome

Privacy in Google Chrome

In the case of having our Google account synchronized, we are losing privacy. This means that we have to send all that data to Google to synchronize it with the rest of your devices, that can compromise our privacy to some extent. One way in which we can avoid this is by limiting the amount of data that we want to synchronize in our Google account. In the upper right corner of the browser, if we click on the initial of your synchronized Google account, you have to choose Manage your Google account . There, in the Data and privacy section, you can review what activity you will be collecting about us.

On the other hand, also in the upper right corner of the browser we will click on the icon with the three vertical dots. There we will click on Settings, the options that interest us are in Privacy and security .

One of the sections that interests us the most is Clear browsing data . There, in the Basic tab, we select Since always and we choose the corresponding options to erase the browsing history, cookies and the file cache. This should be done regularly so as not to leave a trace on the Internet. For example, companies and agencies can take advantage of the Adware Tracking Cookie.

In the Cookies and other site data section we can choose the behavior of cookies. One option would be to block all cookies but it would not be recommended because we could not use some services. Ideally, opt for an intermediate option, which would be Block third-party cookies incognito . The last section we are interested in is Site Settings that controls the information that can be used and displayed by sites in which to modify location, camera, microphone and more permissions. For example, we can control whether or not that website sends us notifications.

Also to get more privacy in Google Chrome we should think about reviewing our browser add-ons . In this regard, you have to try to make them the least possible, trustworthy and avoid some like Flash or JavaScript.

Do this if you lend your PC to other people

Usually most users use Google Chrome on their own computer, and at most, they share it with people they trust. What happens is that this is not always possible and to maintain privacy in Google Chrome we have several options available. Those options that Chrome offers us are the incognito mode and the guest mode that have been present in the browser for a long time. In addition, it must be added that both incognito and guest mode are available to us by default, this means that we will not have to install anything.

Now we are going to briefly explain what these two options consist of to save our privacy in Google Chrome. A brief explanation of each one would be:

  • The incognito mode : what it does is simply that it allows us to navigate without our data being in the registry. In that aspect our saved passwords are accessible and so are our bookmarks.
  • Guest mode : it will allow us to create an independent profile that will work in isolation so that it cannot compromise our data or that of other users. They will not be able to see our bookmarks or access our passwords.

Finally, to maintain privacy in Google Chrome, here you can learn how to use guest mode and incognito mode.