How to Stay Safe Using Google Chrome Browser in 10 Easy Steps 
Google Chrome remains the most used browser on the planet to this day. Although we cannot deny that it is very popular with all users, you should still be aware that your safety is not guaranteed while using it.
More importantly, the site you are visiting may share your personal data without your notice. This very case can be alarming, especially with the data privacy exploits plaguing the internet.
To maintain security while using this browser on your mobile device or desktop, here are the tips you should follow to achieve this.
How to stay safe with Google Chrome
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Follow these methods for safer use of Google Chrome browser.
According to Komando, there are ten ways to make sure you’re using Chrome Browser the right way. But, first, you need to make sure that you regularly update the software on your device.
To do this, open the app and go to your profile icon. On the right side, click on the icon with three vertical dots. Access the drop-down menu and choose About Google Chrome.
Start with 2FA
The tech site recommends users perform two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as two-step verification. This way, a hacker trying to hack into your Google account will first need to know your contact number to open the app.
To configure it, follow the steps below:
- First, go to myaccount.google.com.
- In the left panel, tap Security.
- Then continue by choosing Two-Step Verification under Sign in to Google
- Remove unnecessary extensions
Sometimes when we download a file, an extension is downloaded along with it. Although some extensions are useful because they act as shortcuts, they could steal your information online without your knowledge.
They can track your internet activity and you should remove them as soon as possible. To do this, go to the Chrome browser and look for the three dots icon.
After that, head to More Tools and choose Extensions. Now you can start removing any extensions you no longer need.
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Use a good VPN
These days, many people rely on VPNs to protect their privacy online. It is a good tool to use for those who want to hide their IP addresses from potential hackers.
Security check tool
If you’re worried about compromised passwords, you might want to use a Google Chrome security checkup tool. This feature allows you to detect harmful websites that you have previously visited.
To use it, open the browser and choose Settings. In the left panel, select Privacy and security. Next, tap Verify Now under the Security Verification section.
Safe Browsing Settings
There are two settings to choose from for Safe Browsing in Chrome. The first is standard protection which helps you track password breaches and dangerous extensions and sites. The next is enhanced protection which is an enhanced version of standard protection.
At this point, Enhanced Protection should be the one you need to enable by going to Browser Privacy & Security. Next, select Security & Enhanced Protection under Safe Browsing.
Apart from that, Komando lists other ways to enhance your security while using Chrome browser.
- Enabling HTTPS-First mode.
- Refrain from storing passwords in the browser.
- Avoid dangerous websites.
- Keep in mind that incognito mode won’t fully protect you.
Meanwhile, XDA Developers reports that Google has unveiled a new assistant-focused feature on Android. This update may allow users to change their passwords without issue.
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