Google Chrome is the most popular browser in use. As of January 2020 chrome had 58% market share followed by Apple’s Safari browser with 17.7% market share, with this popularity comes a perception problem in terms of security, causing privacy-concerned users to alter the chrome habit. if you intend sticking with Chrome, here are some tips to help you enhance your privacy while browsing.
Chrome comes with tools for blocking first-party cookies which used to store user preferences for a particular site, and also can block third party tracking cookies, which used by websites to follow your online activity across their pages.
Clean up your cookies
Chrome does allow you to automatically clear out their cookies and other data with you exit the browser.
- Go to “Settings” by clicking on the three dots in the upper-right corner next to URL bar, scroll down and click “Advanced” at the bottom of the screen or in the menu bar on the left.
- Find “Privacy and security”, and the click “Site settings”, and then click “Cookies and site data”.
- toggle the option ” Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome ” on.
If you are curious to see all the cookies currently stored by your browser.
- Go to “Cookies and site data” page as before, click on “see all cookies and site data”. you can delete cookies by site by clicking on the trash icon next to each site name, or you can delete them all by clicking “Remove all.”
- If you want to see the individual cookies left by that site, click on the site name. Click on the arrow for more information about the cookie, and click on the “X” to delete the cookie.
Since Chrome update version 80, it started to gradually implementing a new system for managing and blocking cookies. It will allow first-party cookies, but third-party cookies will have to include a special “same-site settings” that ensures the cookies being accessed via secure connections. To update your browser, got to Help> about Google Chrome
Configuring Your Tracking Settings
To manually block cookies in chrome:
- Go to “Cookies and site data” as describes before.
- TO block only third-party cookies, toggle “Block third-party cookies” on. To block all cookies, toggle “Allow sites to save and read cookie data” to off.
When you’r done, you will notice a cookie icon will pop up on the right side of your address bar when Chrome is blocking cookies. if you click it, you will see what cookies are allowed and blocked by each site and choose to block or allow individual cookies, to do this:
- Click on the icon, and small window will open
- You can, at this point, allow cookies from this site or continue to block cookies. Click on “Done” to save your settings.
- To view which cookies are being blocked, click “Show cookies and other site data” at the bottom of that window. You can toggle between seeing the “Allowed” and “Blocked” cookies.
- If you click on “Show cookies and other site data”, you can will be able to see site allowed and blocked cookie information such as domain info., when the cookie is created and when to expire.
Ad-Blocking and Fingerprinting
Google is advocating a number of fingerprinting protections, which as they say will take place later this year. One of these procedures is restricting the numbers of requests that can be made for information so as not to allow a collection of too much data to identify individual users.
The number one browser has some mechanism of ad filtering , which stipulated by the Coalition for Better Ads and EasyList. but you can always download ad-blocking extensions which are at your disposal to maximize your protection.