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How to Make Google Chrome More Secure

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Of the many computer programs you use, only one has the job of connecting you to the Internet—your browser. Today, there are a handful of Internet browsers available to you, and you can use whichever one you choose.

But once you're on the Internet, good things and not-so-good things can happen. Your browser is the gateway to the Internet—but at the same time, it can also be a window into your browsing activity for outsiders. That's why it's important that your browser is able to stand up to the online pitfalls that are out there waiting to harm you.

Configuring Google Chrome to be more secure.

Google Chrome is the most popular of the top four browsers—the others being Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Many product reviews also rank Google Chrome as the best browser. It comes with a lot of features that make going online fast and easy. Yet, ironically, some of the conveniences offered inadvertently expose you to the possibility of having your online activity—and personal information—tracked and captured by crafty online thieves.

For this article, you're going to learn how to make Google Chrome a more secure browser. Remember—you can use Google Chrome (or any browser, for that matter) at any time for free. And you can switch back and forth between browsers to your heart's content. If you use Google Chrome, or you want to try it out, you can explore the security options that come with it.

And the good news is, none of these changes should affect your online experience.

It's all in the settings.

Open up (or download) Google Chrome and follow the instructions below. Find your way to the Advanced Settings menu on Chrome and follow these instructions. (You might want to print these out first before you open up the browser.)

  1. Enable phishing and malware protection in the Privacy section: You'll get a warning if a website isn't safe.
  2. Turn off instant search: This way, anything you type in the address bar will not automatically be sent to Google.
  3. Don't sync: Use the Personal Stuff tab to disconnect your email account from your browser—otherwise, your passwords, autofill data, preferences and more will be stored on Google's servers.
  4. If you do use sync, encrypt: Select "em>Encrypt all synced data" and create a unique passphrase.
  5. Disable Autofill under Passwords and Forms: You don't want Chrome to save your logins, passwords and other sensitive information on forms.
  6. Go into the Privacy section and make these changes:
    • Select "Keep local data only until I quit my browser."
    • Choose "Block third-party cookies and site data"—this ensures your cookies will be deleted upon quitting Chrome so that advertisers will not be able to track you.
    • Select "Do not allow any site to run JavaScript" (JavaScript has known security vulnerabilities).
    • Choose "Do not allow any site to show pop-ups."
    • Select "Do not allow any site to track my physical location."

By taking these simple steps, you're taking advantage of Google Chrome's built-in security and privacy options. That will help boost your level of protection online, making it harder for others to track you or monitor your online behavior.

Which is none of their business anyway!

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