Google Chrome released an update that solves a highly important security bug on its browser to protect your privacy. Extensive research done by a security expert from Sophos showed that the software flaw could facilitate an override of the security checks the browser offers. The software bug could also allow a cyber-criminal run malicious code through the victim’s CPU.
Security bugs are one way to leak private data to cyber-criminals. Nevertheless, there are other ways your privacy can be breached while using Chrome.
How Browsers Leak your Information
When you browse the internet, you share a lot of information with the website you browse. What kind of data you share? You share the data like the browser you’re using, your operating system, CPU, IP address, and browser add-ons. You’re most likely giving off a lot of data to thousands of websites that you browse. What’s worse? This data can easily fall into the hands of malicious corporations and individuals.
Below, you’ll find the best ways to protect your privacy from websites and cybercriminals while using Google Chrome.
See Also: Check here what Google knows about you.
Boost and Protect your Privacy
Turn off Account Synchronization
Google Chrome typically attempts to synchronize the data on your Chrome browser to your Google account. This way, information like bookmarks, history, passwords, and so on are saved. Immediately you log in on your Google account on another device, all that data will show up on the device as a result of the synchronization feature.
This could prove disastrous if a cyber-attacker gets a hold of your Google account details. Different types of data about you would be accessed in this kind of situation.
To continue using your Google account while protecting your data on your browser, you can turn off synchronization on Google Chrome. Click on the three dots at the top right corner of your Google Chrome and select ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Turn off’ the sync under the ‘You and Google’ section.
Use a VPN Chrome extension to Protect your Privacy
To protect your privacy, you can add a VPN extension for Google Chrome. A VPN is a tool that enhances online anonymity by channeling your traffic through a private network. This way, your IP address gets changed to one in a different location, ensuring websites and corporations would not be able to track your activity.
Whenever you surf the internet without a VPN, you expose a lot of information about yourself to malicious individuals. For instance, connecting to a public Wi-Fi network to check your emails or bank account could lead to a breach of your accounts. Any hacker using the same Wi-Fi network could have spied on your activity, giving him/her unfettered access to your accounts.
VPNs provide a high level of encryption that secures your activities online. They also provide added benefits such as accessing geo-restricted content and location spoofing.
Update your Chrome Browser Frequently
In truth, this tip holds not only for Google Chrome but all types of software programs. A lot of individuals tend to ignore these software update pop-ups that come up on a screen. They are highly beneficial to protecting your security because they come with eliminated software bugs and new features.
Cybercriminals are always looking for security loopholes to introduce malicious software or malware to a computer system. Activity such as checking out a website or downloading files can get your system infected with malware. This malware can then siphon data from your computer to hackers. Chrome browser updates prevent this kind of malicious activity.
If you paid attention to the introduction in this article, you’ll see Chrome released an update to tackle the existing security issue. This shows how valuable security updates are.
Disable Location Tracking and Protect your Privacy
To disable your location from being tracked in Chrome, head over to Settings. Under ‘Privacy and Security’, click on ‘Site Settings’. Then click on Location under Permissions. Now, turn OFF the Ask before accessing under Location to disable location tracking to protect your privacy in Google Chrome.
Activate Clearing of Cookies
Browsers store cookies locally to help track your online activity. For instance, if you’re attempting to login to an online account, cookies help you to automatically login even without fixing in your login data again.
While cookies help ease up your browsing, they could be used against you by cybercriminals. Hackers typically target cookies to get as much information about you as possible.
To clear cookies, you can head over to Settings. Click on ‘Cookies and other site data’ under ‘Privacy and Security’. And finally click on ‘Block all cookies’. After that, you can delete stored cookies by going back to Settings and clicking on ‘Clear Browsing Data’ under ‘Privacy and Security’.
Protecting Your Privacy while Using Chrome
Internet surfers are concerned about the privacy of their data. However, with the numerous threats on the internet plus the ‘legal’ tracking done by websites, your data could easily fall into the hands of the wrong people.
To protect your privacy while browsing on Chrome, you can take certain steps such as getting a VPN extension for anonymity, clearing all your cookies, and disabling location tracking.