Google Chrome is safe but here’s how to make it safer to use

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If you’re a woman betting, I think you’re using Google Chrome. It is the most popular browser in the world. It’s not my choice if you’re looking for the most privacy. Check my browsers list sorted by privacy.

After all, Google probably knows every website you visit, where you go, what you buy online, who you communicate with, and much more. Tap or click here for eight ways Google violates your privacy.

However, Chrome is a powerful browser. There are ways to make it better.

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Before we get into settings, take the time to make sure Chrome is up to date. This happens automatically when you shutdown and reopen the program, but it’s worth checking every now and then.

Open Chrome, then tap Three vertical points To the right of your profile icon.

From the dropdown menu, hover over it help and choose About Google Chrome.

If an update is available, it will start. click Reboot to end.

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1. Make it difficult to hack your account

Your Chrome profile is linked to your Google Account. Two-step verification (or two-factor authentication) adds an extra layer of security to your account.

Once you set it up, you’ll sign in to your Google account using two steps: something you know (your password) and something you have (like your phone). Remember that this is only necessary when logging in with a new device.

Here’s how to set it up for Google:

go to the myaccount.google.com.

Select Security from the left panel.

Under Signing in to Google, select 2-Step Verification, then Get Started.

Follow the steps on the screen.

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2. Run Chrome Security Checkup

Chrome Security Scan checks your account for compromised passwords and available updates. It also turns on Safe Browsing, a setting that identifies unsafe websites and notifies you of potential harm.

You can run a security check at any time:

Open Chrome, then tap Three vertical points To the right of your profile icon.

Choose Settings > PRIVACY AND SECURITY from the left panel.

Under Security Check, select check now.

Select the item and follow the on-screen instructions. Chrome will check for updates, hacked passwords, malicious extensions, and more.

FILE PHOTO: Sundar Pichai, former senior vice president of Google Chrome and current CEO of Google, speaks during the Google I/O conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on June 28, 2012.

FILE PHOTO: Sundar Pichai, former senior vice president of Google Chrome and current CEO of Google, speaks during the Google I/O conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on June 28, 2012.
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3. Extensions can put you at risk

Extensions allow you to add powerful features to your browser. Think coupon finders, rule checkers, and screenshot tools. But not all plugins are useful. Some track you online, drain your bandwidth, or even infect your computer with malware.

It’s not just unknown downloads either. Five extensions with 1.4 million downloads were recently spotted to hide malware. Tap or click on the list to see if you have one installed.

Not sure what is safe? Chrome assigns a “Featured” badge to extensions that follow “Google technology best practices and that meet a high level of user experience and design.”

It’s also helpful to search the web for phrases like, “Is (the extension you’re using) safe to use?”

Here’s how to remove an extension from Chrome:

to open Chromethen press Three vertical points To the right of your profile icon.

hover over More tools and choose Accessories.

click Removal on the extension you want to remove, then tap Removal repeatedly.

4. Enable HTTPS-First Mode

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is used to load pages using hypertext links. Websites that use HTTP are not secure. That’s why you should stick with sites that start with HTTPS. (The extra “S” stands for “secure.”) This encrypts the content of the website.

HTTPS-First mode in Chrome tries to load all sites over HTTPS and displays a warning before visiting a site that doesn’t support it. Here’s how to enable it:

to open Chromethen press Three vertical points To the right of your profile icon.

Choose Settings > PRIVACY AND SECURITYand then protection.

In the Advanced section, slide the toggle switch next to Always use secure connections to the right (on) to enable it.

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5. Be careful with the incognito mode

No, incognito mode is working Not Make everything you do private. It has some uses, but let’s be clear. Incognito mode does not hide your activity from the websites you visit. You can still be tracked, your ISP can still see what you’re doing, and your data can still be shared with third parties.

So, what do you do? When you browse the web incognito, your browser does not save your browsing history, cookies, site data, or information you enter in forms. However, it does keep any downloaded files or bookmarks created during the session.

There are a few things I think Incognito is particularly useful for: shopping, keeping embarrassing searches off your history, and keeping home and work separate.

Tap or click for my tips for using Incognito mode to the best of its ability.

The Google logo is displayed at Google's headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.

The Google logo is displayed at Google’s headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.
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