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How To Stop Google Chrome From Sharing Data With Google

by Sagnik Roy on May 21, 2014

Google Chrome is undoubtedly one of the fastest browsers and has a horde of customizable features for users to make their browsing experience interesting and convenient. But in the process of doing so, Google Chrome is capable of and does send every kind of data entered by users back to Google. This is the main reason behind a faster working of the browser, but users should also be aware of the data being shared by Chrome or how to stop Chrome from doing that.

Most of these controllable options can be found in the additional settings tab in the main settings menu of the browser, and the data security options can be accessed under ‘Privacy’ after clicking on ‘Show advanced settings’. Here a number of pre-defined options will be provided with tick-boxes along side. The functions and the ideal selections are listed below:

  • “Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors” – If this is selected, Chrome will send back all the addresses that the user types in the browser to Google. To stop Chrome from sharing the addresses and saving them for future, uncheck this.
  • “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address” – Chrome will share and save any kind of search queries or URLs entered by the user in the browser. Uncheck this option to stop sharing.
  •  “Predict network actions to improve page load performance” – This DNS pre-fetching service tries to save any kind of browsing activity of the user and lets Chrome guess the possible links that the user can visit while browsing and keeps the material ready to load. This can also be a problem with pages leading to illegal content.
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  • “Send suspicious download files to Google” – Any third party downloads by users, or any downloads whose license Chrome fails to recognize, is automatically forwarded to Google for security reasons. If users don’t want Google to keep a track of everything being downloaded by them, this should be unchecked.
  • “Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors” – Users should keep in mind that although not harming the privacy of users, this service if enabled, will send back all the entries in any browser text boxes to Google.
  • “Enable phishing and malware protection” – This is probably the only option that is advised to be left selected. This lets the browser keep a check on malicious sites regularly. Although it must be noted, that to do so, Google will routinely compare the user visited sites with its list of dangerous sites, but still it’s much safer for users to leave this enabled.
  • “Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google” – This is recommended to kept disabled if users don’t want their data shared. Chrome, on crashing, not only sends it’s crash report but also sends complete data about other files, applications and services.
  • “Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic” – This can be useful and can be kept enabled, as it signals various companies and advertising networks that the user does not want a surfing profile to be created.

Selecting the desired options from the above list will help users keep a check on the data being shared between Chrome and Google. Other than this, options to remember and save passwords used in the browser can be enabled or disabled, according to the user’s wish.

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