9 Settings You Absolutely Need to Change on Google

9 Settings You Absolutely Need to Change on Google

Changing these settings will allow for more secure and comfortable browsing.

Perform a security check

When we browse with Google Chrome, we are led to enter passwords, banking data or other personal information. Malicious people can try to get their hands on all this information through various methods. To prevent this, Google Chrome allows you to perform a security check.

Just go to Chrome’s settings and then go to the “Privacy and security” section.

When you click “check now”, Chrome will check for updates, passwords that could be hacked, or potentially harmful extensions.

clean computer

Still in the Chrome settings, you can also clean up your computer. To do this, you must go to the “Reset and clean up” section.

By clicking on “Clean computer”, Chrome will search for possible harmful software or programs. You will then have access to a record of what has been found and you can decide whether or not to remove certain software.

Delete browsing history

The browsing history is a major source of information and gives precise information on our various trips. Some rightly don’t want to be tracked and spied on, but thankfully Chrome offers the ability to delete that browsing history.

Newly created Google accounts have automatic deletion already enabled. However, if your Google account is more than two years old, you have to do it manually. To do this, you must go to the “Activity-related controls” section, scroll down the screen and press “Automatic deletion – off”.

You will be able to delete your Internet activity dating back more than: 3 months, 18 months or 36 months.

Block third-party cookies

The majority of sites offer us to accept or refuse cookies. However, there is another type of cookie (third-party cookies) imposed on us. These third-party cookies are not linked to the site consulted, but to other sites which use them in order to follow our various navigations on the Internet. Rather invasive as a practice.

However, it is possible to block these third-party cookies. To do this, you must go to the “Privacy and security” section and then click on “Cookies and other site data”.

This will allow you to block third-party cookies.

Block pop-ups

Pop-ups are often very invasive. You are browsing the Internet quietly when an advertisement or a request to subscribe to a newsletter arises. It is possible to install an extension that will solve the problem, but it is also possible to go to the settings to block pop-ups. To do this, you must go to the “Privacy and security” section and then to the “Site settings” section. You will then come across “Pop-ups and redirects”.

You will have the choice between allowing and blocking pop-ups.

Manage permissions

Often, a site asks us to have access to different things: the microphone, the webcam, the sending of notifications or your location. Over the years, we no longer know which permissions we granted to which sites. This can be viewed in the “Privacy and Security” section. Once you are in this section, go to “Site settings”.

On the one hand, you will have access to the list of sites to which you have granted certain authorizations, and on the other hand you will be able to modify these authorizations (block access to the webcam for this site, refuse access to the microphone for this other site, etc).

deactivate the notifications

The appearance of a notification can sometimes totally break your browsing experience. To avoid this type of inconvenience, it is possible to disable notifications. To do this, go to the “Privacy and security” section and then to the “Site settings” section. Once you are there, click on “Notifications”.

You will have the choice between three options.

Stop apps running in the background

Even when Chrome is closed, some activities continue in the background, including being able to find new updates. This consumes energy and can, to some extent and in the long term, affect the battery. However, these background activities can be blocked in the settings. To do this, you must go to the “System” category and you will then come across “Continue running applications in the background after closing Google Chrome”

Sliding the button to the left will stop apps from running in the background in Chrome.

Stop data communication by Google

For the sake of performance, Google Chrome collects a whole series of information about your browsing and identifies bugs in order to fix them. However, you are under no obligation to allow Google to collect information about you and incorporate it into reports. To prevent this, you must go to the “Google and you” section and then to the “Google services/Synchronization” section. You will then come across a whole series of authorization requests from Google: “automatically sends usage statistics and error reports to Google”, “sends the URLs of the pages you visit to Google” or even “to correct spelling errors, Chrome sends the text you type in the browser to Google”.

So many intrusive practices that can now be blocked.

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