Google Chrome is known for its speed and its inability to protect a user’s privacy on the web. Here are some ways users can protect their privacy when using the browser.

Google Chrome isn’t exactly the best browser for those who want their privacy when surfing online. Other browsers do well in this area when compared to Chrome. Mozilla’s Firefox, for example, disables trackers by default. The new privacy-focused Brave browser, also, helps protect users from cookies spying on them.

While Google said it will give users more control over the content they share online, most Chrome users still don’t enjoy the same level of privacy other browsers offer, CNet noted. Users, however, don’t have to make the jump to other browsers as there are a few things they can help users keep themselves protected: Google Chrome Extensions.

Extensions?

There are some Chrome extensions that serve to protect users in various ways, and some of them are outlined here in this article. These extensions will either block websites from storing cookies on the computer system, or delete cookies after the tabs are turned off.

Here are some extensions that can help protect a person’s online privacy.

  • Disconnect

This extension automatically blocks invisible trackers in real time. This is a multi-awarded extension that helps protect a person from websites that spy on netizens, from malware and from possible identity theft. It’s free, but those who download and encouraged to donate to support its developers.

  • Cookie AutoDelete

This extension, as its name implies, will automatically delete unused cookies from closed tabs. Once downloaded and installed, users will be allowed to whitelist certain cookies they want to keep so the extension won’t delete them. Users will need to activate the extension before it can be used.

  • Privacy Badger

This extension learns what it has to block by sending Do Not Track requests to every website users visit. Trackers that ignore the requests will be marked and blocked by the extension. Privacy Badger also removes outgoing link click tracking on Facebook, Twitter and Google, protecting users who tend to click on links or ads displayed on these websites. Download it here.

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Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature on its Chrome web browser that will be turned on by default for everyone. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
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