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Google Chrome is the best when it comes to being secure, especially when Google tracks every website you visit, where you go and what you buy online. Lets see how we can make Google Chrome more secure 

Before we start, Go to Setting and ensure Chrome is updated, which happens automatically when you  close and reopen the program. 

How to check if Google Chrome is Updated?

  • Open Chrome Browser
  • Tap the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • From the drop-down menu, hover over Help and select About Google Chrome.
  • If an update is available it will start. Click Relaunch to finish.

How to make Google Chrome More Secure?

1. Make it Difficult to Crack your account 

Chrome is linked with your Google account, using the two-step authentication offers an extra layer of security to your account.

Sign in to your Google using your password and phone number. You will need this even when you with a new device.

How to set it up for Google?

  • Go to myaccount.google.com.
  • Select Security from the left panel.
  • Under Signing in to Google, select 2-Step Verification, then Get started.
  • Follow the on-screen steps.

2. Run Safety Check tool

Chrome offers Safety check, it scans your account for compromised passwords and available updates. Turning on the Safe Browsing feature identifies unsafe websites and notifies you of potential harm.

How to Run Safety Check on Chrome?

  • Open Chrome, Tap three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • Select Settings > Privacy and security from the left panel.
  • Under Safety Check, select Check now.
  • Select the item and follow the on-screen instructions. Chrome will scan for updates, compromised passwords, harmful extensions, and more.

3. Extensions can be risky

Chrome extensions is a powerful feature that offers many extensions like coupon finders, grammar checkers, screenshot tools and many more. Not all are helpful as some can turn out tobe dangerous as they can track your activities on the internet and hog your bandwidth or even infect your system with malware. 

There have been instances where bad actors have used around five extensions with 1.4 million downloads hiding malware. 

Extensions are recommended by Google when they follow their guidelines and have robust design. Chrome assigns a Featured badge to only full extensions that meet this criteria.

You can also search for phrases like, “Is (extension you’re using) safe to use?”

How to remove an extension from Chrome?

  • Open Chrome,Tap the three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • Hover over More tools, select Extensions.
  • Click Remove on the extension you want to remove, then click Remove again.

4. Enable HTTPS-First mode
Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, is used to load pages using hypertext links. Websites that use HTTP are not secure. That’s why you should stick to sites that use HTTPS. This encrypts a website’s content.

Chrome’s HTTPS-First mode will load all sites over HTTPS, and give you a warning when visiting a site that doesn’t support it. 

How to Enable HTTPS-First mode?

  • Open Chrome, Tap three vertical dots to the right of your profile icon.
  • Select Settings > Privacy and Security, then Security.
  • In the Advanced section, slide the toggle next to Always use secure connections to the right (on) to enable it.

5. Be careful with Incognito mode
When using Incognito Mode, you may be tracked by a website. Incognito Mode can also show content that’s blocked in regular browser windows.

Incognito mode for the browser means that your browsing history, cookies, site data, and information entered in forms will not be saved. There are some exceptions such as downloaded files or bookmarks created through the session.

Incognito is good for shopping online and hiding your search history from your friends and family members.

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