Google Chrome, being one of the most secure browsers, still has its own disadvantages in terms of protecting your privacy. Users around the world are worrying about the amount of personal data mined for use in targeted ads and sold to third-party sources. Google is notorious on this front, for collecting your personal data, and all its products including Chrome are designed for the purpose.
In spite of all this, Chrome has the most advanced features designed to give you the best web browsing experience. It has a set of controls that you can use to manage the personal data collected, giving you an overall safer web browsing experience. Below are some effective ways to improve the security and privacy of your Chrome browser.
Control Sync Data
If you are signed in to your Chrome browser, Google automatically synchronizes all the relevant data from the browser into your Google account. You can disable this and control the data that are synced into your Google account. For fully disabling this feature, go to Menu > Settings and select the Sign Out option.
If you want to control the data synchronized to your Google account, you can click on the Sync option, which displays all the things that are synched from your Chrome browser. Toggle the Sync everything button to Off and individually disable the selected types of data such as apps, bookmarks, history etc. to protect your privacy.
Manage Privacy Options
There are several privacy and security options that you can manage to improve the security of your web browsing in Chrome. For this, go to Settings and click on the Advanced option at the bottom of the page. This will display all the settings related to managing privacy, security and other features.
Disable checkboxes near options such as Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google and Automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google. You can also tick the box near Send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic to further make sure that websites do not track your activities.
Disable Location History
Chrome keeps track of your history whether you are using a desktop or mobile version of it. If you are signed in into Chrome, the browser will collect your location data to give your personalized services. You can disable this by clicking on your profile at the top right of the browser, or through any of Google’s services.
Click on My Account > Personal info & privacy > My Activity > Activity Controls. Navigate to Location History, and then toggle the blue slider to off position for disabling your location history in Chrome and other Google services.