NO MATTER if you are a Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox user, your browser’s privacy settings could probably be stricter.
It seems that privacy is at the forefront of everyone’s mind lately and by updating your browser’s privacy settings, you can protect your data and search history from ad trackers.
If you use Google Chrome
Google Chrome may be the most widely used web browser in the world, but it may also be one of the least private from a default settings perspective.
One of Chrome’s biggest advantages, however, is that it has flexible, open-source settings.
This, in turn, paved the way for indie developers to release many privacy-focused extensions.
You can find any specific extension by going to the Chrome Web Store.
Once you’ve found the right extension, click Add to Chrome, then click Add Extension.
Four privacy extensions to up your security game include Cookie Autodelete, uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger, and HTTPS Everywhere.
If you want to remove an extension, you can do so by clicking the More menu (shown as three dots), selecting More Tools, then Extensions.
If you use Safari
Safari’s default privacy settings are a little more proactive than Chrome’s, as the browser has its Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool permanently enabled.
Safari 14 also has other useful features you can use, including notifying you when ad trackers are running on a website, giving you a 30-day report of known trackers it has identified, and telling you from which sites Web these trackers come from.
Additionally, you can make sure ad blocking is turned on by opening Safari and clicking Preferences > Privacy > Prevent Cross-Site Tracking.
In Privacy mode, you can also manually delete your cookies and click Manage website data to view a specific list of sites that have left their trackers and cookies behind.
If you want even more security, you can install these extensions from the App Store: AdBlock Plus and Ghostery Lite for Safari.
If you use Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is considered one of the best browsers when it comes to privacy features.
Its default privacy settings are more protective than some others, and it also has more security features.
To play around with these features, you can head to Firefox’s main menu and select Preferences, then Privacy and Security.
Once there, you can choose between three privacy options: Standard, Strict, and Custom.
Standard is Firefox’s default setting, which blocks trackers in private windows, third-party tracking cookies, and crypto-miners.
The Strict setting might not let you browse some websites, but it protects your data from everything Standard mode does, plus fingerprints and trackers in all windows.
Custom lets you explore your options for choosing how trackers are blocked.
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