In this day and age I would certainly say there is a need for more awareness of privacy concerns on the world wide web. But that doesn’t mean you need to go too overboard with things; you certainly need commonsense and some tools may be useful though.
If you use the Chrome web browser then you will have some privacy options that are assigned by default but do you really need them? For instance, phishing and malware protection, as great as it is, may just be a duplication of what your antivirus or internet security program is already providing you with.
Switching off some unnecessary privacy features in Chrome could actually lead to some small speed gains which could improve your browsing experience.
Disabling unnecessary privacy features in Chrome
Disabling unwanted privacy features in the Chrome web browser is actually a very quick and easy action if you know how.
Firstly, click on the spanner icon, found in the top right corner of your browser.
Next, click on Options from the menu that you now see.
This will take you to the following screen from which you will want to select Under the Hood, found on the left hand side as shown:
At the top of this page you will see the Privacy options available in Chrome.
There are 5 options here –
- Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
- Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
- Predict network actions to improve page load performance
- Enable phishing and malware protection
- Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google
– all of which are enabled by default.
You can easily deselect any that you personally don’t require by simply clicking on the ticks in order to remove them.
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