Adding Extra Protection to your Chrome Browser

Google Chrome is the most popular, and most used web browser in the world today, leading others by a very large margin. This worldwide use of Google Chrome has made it a target for cybercriminals to prey on the majority of the populace, making the use of Google Chrome highly risky. Some of the risks associated are highlighted below:

Risks associated with the use of Google Chrome

  • Plugins: Plugins are basically back-up software added to the web browser to enhance performance. Plugins are not just added in web browsers, but also online games and streaming content. These plugins, if outdated, can be used as points of entrance for cybercriminals to gain access to the user’s browser and device, and install malware which can damage the whole
  • Cookies: These are files or file folders, that are present on a device that uses a web browser to store user’s information from selected webpages. These cookies are of two types, Session and Persistent. Session cookies automatically wipe themselves once the web browser is not in use. Persistent cookies however remain on the device used to access the web browser. Unfortunately, anyone with remote access to the device can gain access to the cookies, which contain private information about the user such as passwords and login IDs.
  • Java and JavaScript: These are programming languages that are widely used in the development of web browsers. They are among the top 5 most common programming languages in the world, meaning that they are very common to programmers, making them highly susceptible to attacks from hackers who are seeking to run malicious content on websites, content which can lead to loss of user cookies, redirecting to third party websites, etc.

Ways to Protect yourself from these Risks

To avoid the above problems, it is imperative for all users to familiarize themselves with ways to shield themselves and their information from cybercriminals, some of which include:

  • Regular Updates: Web browsers like Google Chrome constantly find themselves under new security threats which is why they continue to provide solutions to such risks. These new solutions to the bugs in the web browser are added with continuous updates which is why all users must update their web browsers constantly or set browser settings to auto-update in order to protect against hackers.
  • Ad Control: Many websites advertise third party content on them, contents that may on some occasions, contain malware and compromised cookies, which is why all users must avoid opening sketchy links or going to unknown websites. Or if they must visit, users should set adblockers to on when visiting said websites.
  • Traffic Encryption: This is a general process of adding an extra level of protection in your web browser. It is to ensure that content from every tab is secluded from the others and the web browser in One of the ways to do this is to set up a VPN extension for Google Chrome that is tested and trusted.
  • Familiarize with Cookie settings: All cookie settings can be adjusted in Google Chrome. Users should open the settings page and select their preferred mode of cookie privacy; having the option of ensuring that all cookies are deleted as soon as the website is no longer running, and banning cookies that are gotten from third-party websites.
  • Location tracking settings: Some websites tap into Google Chrome’s location features to track the location of users while on the website when the user may have accidentally agreed to allow tracking. Fortunately, Google Chrome has provided an option that allows users to permanently turn off location tracking.

Information is the gold of many cybercriminals today, putting many at risk; which is why users must be aware of the dangers out there and continue to keep themselves apprised of preventive measures against all threats to their personal information while using a web browser.

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