Google Chrome is one of the most preferred browsers for millions of people. Google Chrome offers multiple benefits like great performance, seamless sync with Google account, various numbers of extensions, and data security. Millions of people use Google Chrome as their default browser, and with such a large user base, Google Chrome takes adequate security measures.
Although Google takes care of significant security concerns, there are still various ways through which you can enhance your Google Chrome’s security:
Stay Away From Suspicious Websites
The Internet is stuffed with numerous websites which are accessed every day by a large number of the user base. Most of these websites carry potentially dangerous malware and redirection links that can prove hazardous to your Chrome’s security. To protect yourself from such malicious websites, you can enable the “Safe Browsing” option in Google Chrome, which stops you from visiting such dangerous websites. Go to Chrome’s “Settings” and click on “Sync and Google Services”. Then enable the “Safe Browsing” option. The Safe Browsing option alerts the user before proceeding for such malicious websites.
Don’t Forget to Encrypt Your Data
The new option of Google Chrome enables you to encrypt your login credentials. If you often save your login credentials on your browser, then encrypting them is a great way to enhance your security. Go to “Settings” and then tap on “Sync and Google Services” and then click on “Encrypt Synced Passwords with Google Account”. This simple trick encrypts your data with hash keys and protects it from potential hackers.
On the web, websites target a broad base of users by personalized ads. Sometimes, websites track users on the web by creating a unique profile. To disable tracking on your Google Chrome, go to “Settings” and then click on “Privacy and Security” and enable “Do Not Track Request”. Once you enable, this feature Chrome sends a Do Not Track Request when you visit any website.
Secure Your Google Account on Chrome
Many users link their Google account to Chrome for syncing purposes. If your browser comes under any attack, then hackers can automatically access your Google account as well including your Gmail, Photos, and Drive, etc. The best way to protect your Google account is to enable two-step verification. Open Google’s two-step verification page and feed your mobile number as a second step for authentication. Apart from enabling two-step verification, you can also disable the “Auto Sign-in” option in your Google Chrome Settings. The Auto Sign-in option, if enabled, allows you to automatically sign in into websites with your saved username and password. However, the Auto Sign-in options give you a seamless user experience with Google, but it can be an opportunity for professional hackers to get into your information.
Go to Google Chrome’s “Settings” and open “Passwords”. Here, you can enable or disable the Auto Sign-in option as per your convenience.
Limit the Cookies
With Cookies, you can be easily navigated, and it increases the vulnerability of your Google Chrome. Go to “Settings” and then go to “Advanced Settings” and tap on “Content Settings” and then on “Cookies.” Although the ideal option is not to accept any cookies, some pages require cookies to provide certain services, so keep “Enable sites to save and read cookie data” activated. Also, don’t forget to block cookies from third parties and delete the cookies once you log out of your browser.
Google Chrome is the default browser for millions of users because of its easy accessibility and reliability. Some various in-built settings and features can improve your browsing experience with Google. The tips, as mentioned above, can enhance the security of your browser.
John Smith is an avid technical blogger, a magazine contributor, a publisher of guides at mcafee.com/activate and a professional cyber security analyst. Through her writing, she aims to educate people about the dangers and threats lurking in the digital world.