When was the last time you tried to play with the settings under a browser cap? Many people directly go to download browsers like Chrome and Firefox when they need one. We tend to believe that these large Internet corporations will take care of our best interests in privacy and security.
The irony thing is that the default protection plugin is almost always absent. Even if your default settings are perfect, you still need to check and make sure your browser is secure at the right level.
In this way, for space sake, I’ll use Chrome as an example because Chrome is currently the most popular browser. Although Chrome, Opera, and Edge have their own features, the basic settings in which you should be concerned are about the same.
The first steps
The first thing you need to know is whether you are the only person who can use this site from time to time. What will be your feelings if your partner or children may use your account and see the histories in your posts? Is stuff like passwords or username OK for this browser to be recorded?
We will talk about this, but the most simple secrecy is more to do with the subject that your browser is sharing information with.
When you go to Preferences > Advanced > Chrome’s privacy and security, you can see what Chrome data sends for support. For example, it will need to speak to the mother ship to make the address bar predictive.
These are mostly self-explaining, but your attention could be drawn to the alternative “do not follow.” This activates a special header which allegedly tells the site concerned not to track your operation. Sites have no duty in action to comply with this requirement. The standard practice for ‘do not follow’ is not even known, so that for the time being you can safely ignore this environment. It is your responsibility to decide whether Google will get surfing and searching results.
Take care of the “Sync” function
Your “sync” settings are the most basic set of settings you should take care of.
If you are logged in to your account, you can find it at the top of the settings page, right under your account name.
Chrome lets you synchronize the different browsers. This ensures that your open windows and browsing history (among others) are compatible with the new browser when signing into your running Chrome browser.
This can be very handy, but you don’t want to see it in a meeting that a colleague can see your personal things just by looking at your browser. Perhaps the IT team would even like to have a chat with you.
Turn something off in the list you don’t want to be synced with. Whereas, at the same time, it means after that, you will have to give up the right of logging into your entire Google account with a single click.
Take charge of the contents to show
The most critical privacy settings are probably those that tell websites what information they should obtain from their users and receive. Such privacy settings are at the bottom of the simple confidentiality settings, as soon as you press.
In addition, you should also make sure you don’t keep passwords you don’t want to stay on your machine. Particularly if the device is not locked when it is unattended.
Take advantage of the “Private Browsing”
“Private Browsing” modes are the most easy way to get absolute anonymity. For Chrome, it’s called the “incognito” mode. It essentially claims that the browser will not keep anything on your computer.
The browser is like your world opener, but it really ought to be a one-way mirror. There is no reason you would simply give up your anonymity for sharing the website’s benefits. Once your account has been installed, check out our online anonymity guide for further information.
Of course you can also choose to use a VPN to protect your privacy. You may know that VPNs can help you bypass geo-restrictions and unblock websites. Another popular function of VPNs is to secure one’s privacy information on the Internet.