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How to avoid tracking in Chrome while browsing the Internet

Privacy is a very important factor when we browse the Internet. There are certain factors that can cause our personal data to be compromised. In this article, we are going to talk about how to avoid being tracked when using Chrome. We will give a series of tips to ensure that personal information is always protected and no security problems of any kind arise.

Configure Chrome to improve privacy

The first thing you can do to avoid tracking when using the Google Chrome browser is to use the program's own settings. There you can touch some parameters to avoid tracking when you enter a web page or use any online service where you can expose information.

In this case, you have to go to the menu at the top right, enter Settings and go to Cookies and Other site data. There you can configure how the browser can track you through cookies when you visit a page. By default, the option to Block third-party cookies in incognito is checked. What you should do is check the option to Block all cookies.

Of course, you must bear in mind that by checking this option you will have to log in whenever you enter a page or the products you have selected in an online store will not be followed if you close the page.

Another option is to check the box to Send a do not track request with your browsing traffic. This will send a request to the sites you visit not to use data from third parties, such as sites you have previously visited. However, some pages will continue to collect information to improve security or provide better content, as indicated by Chrome itself.

On the other hand, if you enter Site Settings, you can manage the permissions you have given to use the microphone, know the location or use the camera. This will also help you improve privacy and avoid tracking when browsing.

What to do to avoid exposing data when browsing

Beyond using Google Chrome's own settings, you can also take into account some tips to avoid exposing data when browsing. You can take these tips into account at any time, either to browse web pages or use any online service.

Beware of extensions

Are you going to install extensions in Google Chrome? It is important that you install them securely. You should always go to the official Chrome store and download the add-ons you need there. You need to make sure that they are legit, have a good rating, and are going to deliver what you expect.

Our advice is not to abuse the extensions. That is, you should only install those that are really going to help you. You should not install many add-ons, since they will affect the performance of the browser, beyond also posing a risk to security and privacy when browsing.

Keep your browser up to date

Of course, a very important point is to have Google Chrome updated. This will correct possible vulnerabilities that can be exploited to track you while browsing. To do this you have to go to the menu at the top right, enter Help and click on Google Chrome Information.

Update Google Chrome

It will automatically begin to install a possible new version that there is. It is something that you should review periodically and always make sure that you have the program correctly updated so that there is no risk.

Avoid unsafe sites

In this case, we are facing more common sense advice. You should avoid browsing through web pages that could be dangerous, and that could be used by a cybercriminal to track you on the net. Sometimes when browsing you can come across pages that are not reliable, and that are not going to treat your data well.

Avoiding unofficial websites, and logging in to third-party sites and not directly to the original platform, such as Facebook or Twitter, is important in order to avoid problems. You should always avoid making these kinds of mistakes and your personal data will be protected on the Internet.

Do not post information publicly

Sometimes Chrome browsing tracking occurs after the user inadvertently exposes personal data. A clear example is when we write in a public forum and put information such as email or phone number. That can be logged by an attacker or a bot.

Therefore, the ideal is never to make public more information than necessary. This also includes social networks, where you will be able to manage what you make public and how others can access that data.

Hide connection data

Do you want your connection data not to be available to a third party? Whenever you browse the web, when you simply open a web page, you are exposing the IP address. That could be tracked and they could find out your physical location, language, the device you use… There are methods to hide the IP.

Use a VPN

The first option is to use a VPN. What this type of tool does is encrypt the connection. This way you can hide the real IP address and physical location. Very useful for, for example, accessing services that may be geographically restricted in a certain country.

There are many options available, both free and paid. However, we recommend avoiding those that are free and untrustworthy. Your data could be compromised. Options like ExpressVPN or NordVPN work great for secure web surfing.

Proxy server

You can also hide connection data when using a proxy server. We can say that it is a substitute for VPNs, although it has its differences and limitations. What a proxy does is act as an intermediary between our connection and the website we visit. In this way, the page we enter will not know our data, but that of that proxy server.

As was the case with VPNs, we can find many options on the Internet. They also serve to access services that may be restricted and thus hide browsing data so that they are not available to a third party.

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