How To Secure Google Chrome
Most of us use a web browser every day, making us prime targets for hackers and criminals.
So today we’ll look at how to secure Chrome.
What Is Chrome?
Despite Microsoft’s Edge and the hype surrounding Mozilla Firefox, Google’s Chrome is now the most popular web browser. Globally, it has over 2.6 billion users.
Its popularity makes it the most vulnerable.
That doesn’t mean it’s not secure.
How To Make Chrome Secure With In-built features?
Chrome is our web portal on desktop and mobile. It’s how we read websites, pay bills, and use social media. Clearly, you must secure your Google Chrome browser.
1. Stay Up to Date
Engineers work tirelessly to patch Google Chrome security flaws, but these fixes only work if you use the most recent browser release.
It automatically updates when patches are released. Keep your browser open for days on end, you’ll notice an update icon at the top right of the screen.
Green indicates the update was released recently. Yellow indicates 4 days old. Red is 7 weeks old. With a single mouse click, Chrome will restart with the update applied. This way, you won’t lose any work.
Mobile is the same. If you have automatic updates, nothing is required. Otherwise, check the app stores to see if Chrome has been updated and download it manually.
2. Stop Personalized Ads
Google is part of one of the world’s largest advertising networks, Adwords/Adsense. That it stores data to deliver ‘personalized ads’ via paid search results and all sites that publish Google ads is no surprise.
This can be disabled to improve Google Chrome security. It’s back at Sync and Google Services. Then select ‘Manage how your browsing history is used to personalize search’.
Scroll down to ‘See all Activity controls’. At the bottom, you can disable ad personalization.
3. Clear Your History Often
Clearing the browser history is a simple Google Chrome security feature.
Every time you browse the web, Chrome saves your browsing history, downloads, and data caches for future use. Here you can access cookies.
With slower PCs and devices, the amount of stored data can quickly overwhelm storage space. Moreover, larger trails are more valuable to fraudsters.
Clear your browser history once a month. Others choose to delete it every time Chrome closes.
Look for the ‘Clear browsing data’ link under ‘Privacy and security’. Select the data type and timeframe you want to clear. For example, seven days, four weeks, or ever.
Unintended consequences of deleting data If you go to a site by typing a few letters in the address bar, your history will be cleared.
4. Malware Scan
Chrome also has a built-in malware scanner that most people are unaware of. On the desktop, it’s under ‘Reset and Clean up’ in the advanced tab on the left.
With a single click, Chrome will search for and remove malware. Uncheck ‘report details to Google’ for extra privacy.
How Make Use of Third Parties to Secure Chrome
We’ve covered Chrome’s security features and some best practices. Now let’s look at how third parties can help secure Chrome.
1. Avast Online Security
The popular Avast anti-virus software offers a Windows Defender alternative. Its Chrome protection blocks pages and lets you manage cookies.
A green icon means a site is safe, while a gray icon means it hasn’t been officially vetted.
We liked the search engine protection. Google and Bing results share the same icons, so you know a site is safe before you click it. It doesn’t work with DuckDuckGo.
AdBlock Plus is the most popular ad blocker. Installing it is free.
It can remove ads and tracking from YouTube without affecting video playback on most websites.
There are Chrome mobile extensions available for Android users as well.
You may have noticed an increase in the use of HTTPS instead of HTTP in web addresses in recent years. So if you enter data in a registration field, forum post, or checkout, your data is somewhat secure.
It’s not foolproof, but Google and Chrome penalize non-compliant sites.
You are now protected when visiting unsecure sites by the HTTPS Anywhere extension. If you visit a site using HTTP, it will automatically switch to HTTPS.
How to browse safely without a VPN? Use a VPN (VPN). This hides your location and routes all internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel.
In short, any website you visit won’t know where your connection came from. Chrome extensions like PIA or Surfshark VPN do this with minimal technical knowledge.
Using a separate VPN service can provide even more protection.
You now know how to secure Chrome. Its built-in security settings are extensive. You can control Google’s collection of personal data and protect your privacy.
Using extensions and hidden settings can make Chrome faster and more secure.