10 Tips to Secure Google’s Chrome Browser


Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, with billions of users. Even though Google is known for playing fast and loose with privacy, it’s true.

Google probably knows more about you than you can imagine. It knows all the websites you visit, the comments you make, your online purchases and much more. Tap or click here for eight ways Google constantly invades your privacy.

If you use Chrome, there are steps you can take to protect your information and improve your overall browsing experience. Keep reading for steps to make using Chrome safer.

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The first step you’ll always hear from us is: update your software and devices. This task is child’s play when it comes to Chrome:

  • Open your Chromium Navigator.
  • Press the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • In the drop-down menu, hover over To help and select About Google Chrome.

Read on for 10 more ways to make sure Chrome is safe.

1. Set up and use 2-step verification

Two-step verification, or two-factor authentication, adds an extra layer of security to your account. Once set up, you’ll sign in to your Google Account in two steps: something you know (like your password) and something you own (like your phone).

Here’s how to set it up for Google:

  • Go to myaccount.google.com.
  • To select Security of the left panel.
  • Below Login to Googleto select 2-step verificationso Begin.
  • Follow the on-screen steps.

2. Pay attention to extensions

Extensions allow you to customize Chrome to your liking and can add powerful new features. But not all extensions are useful, and some can even be harmful, stalking you on the Internet, hogging your bandwidth or worse.

Google recently introduced store badges to offer advice on extensions. The Featured badge is awarded to extensions that follow Google’s “technical best practices” and meet a high standard of user experience and design. The Established Publisher Badge “features publishers who have verified their identity and demonstrated compliance with Developer Program policies.”

Delete any suspicious badges or badges you don’t use. Look for the extension icon to the right of your address bar. Right click on the icon and select Remove from chrome. If you don’t see the extension’s icon, follow these steps to remove it:

  • Open your Chromium Navigator.
  • Press the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • Hover over More tools and select Extensions.
  • Click on Eliminate on the extension you want to get rid of, then click Eliminate again.

3. Use a VPN

A virtual private network is one of your first lines of defense against cyberattacks and privacy breaches. A VPN provides a layer of protection between your devices and the internet. It hides your IP address and location and encrypts your data after leaving your device.

Whether it is a computer, a smartphone or a tablet, it connects to the Internet via an Internet service provider. These servers send information to you and collect information about you, your IP address, your location, your device, etc.

A VPN blocks the exchange of information in both directions. The IP address and location data comes from the VPN host’s server, so the servers on the other end don’t learn anything about you or your data. Hackers, scammers and thieves will not be able to get you, your data, your travels or your money.

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4. Run the Chrome Security Check Tool

Chrome Security Check automatically scans your browser for compromised passwords and available updates. It also checks that Safe Browsing, a setting that identifies dangerous websites and warns you of potential damage, is enabled.

You can run a security check at any time:

  • Open your Chromium Navigator.
  • Press the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • To select Settings.
  • Click on Privacy and Security of the left panel.
  • Below Security controleto select Check now.
  • Select the item and follow the onscreen instructions if Chrome detects any issues.

5. Use strong protection

Chrome offers two Safe Browsing settings:

  • Reinforced protection warns you about risky sites, downloads, add-ons and password violations. It also sends security-related data to help improve security.
  • Standard protections warns you about risky sites, downloads and extensions. You can choose to receive warnings about password violations. You can also choose to send additional security information to Google.

We recommend that you enable enhanced protection:

  • Open your Chromium Navigator.
  • Press the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • To select Settings.
  • To select Privacy and Securityso Security.
  • To select Reinforced protection below Safe browsing.

6. Enable HTTPS-First mode.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the foundation of the Internet. It is used to load pages using hyperlinks. Websites that use HTTP do not protect your privacy and are not secure. For this you need HTTPS. The extra “S” means secure. This encrypts the content of a website, making it harder to track you.

When you enable HTTPS-First mode, Chrome’s HTTPS-First mode attempts to load all sites over HTTPS and displays a warning before visiting a site that does not support it. Here’s how to activate it:

  • Open your Chromium Navigator.
  • Press the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • To select Settings.
  • To select Privacy and Securityso Security.
  • In the Advanced section, slide the toggle next to Always use secure connections to the right to activate it.

7. Don’t store your passwords in Chrome

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8. Avoid insecure websites

Make sure there is HTTPS when browsing websites. Activation HTTPS first mode (step 6 above) will help you with this. If you receive a warning from Google that a site is not secure, stay away.

9. Switch to another DNS

When you open your web browser and go to a website, you enter a domain name like komando.com, and you’re there. This is made possible by the DNS, or Domain Name System, which translates domain names into IP addresses. This way you don’t have to remember those numbers.

Your provider assigns you to their DNS server when you sign up for Internet service, although this isn’t always ideal. Your assigned DNS could be bogged down with traffic, running inefficient software, or other issues.

You can switch to a different DNS on Windows and Mac. Tap or click here for steps to change DNS.

10. Don’t Assume Incognito Mode Makes You Invisible

Incognito mode works locally. When you use the internet on a device, it will not remember the pages you have visited, your login credentials or your searches. Nothing is saved, including cookies. If someone else is using the same device, they won’t be able to see what you were doing during an incognito session.

On the other hand, Incognito mode does not hide your activity from the websites you visit. You may still be tracked and your data may still be shared with third parties.

This is exemplified by Google, which collects and sells your data even if you use incognito mode. In fact, a US judge recently allowed a $5 billion class action lawsuit against Google.

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