Firefox, Safari, Brave, and even Microsoft Edge have taken steps to protect you from trackers tracking your browsing history over the past year. Chrome is not quite there yet, but will be out this year: Google recently announced that it will soon be improving the privacy of its Chrome browser.
But you do not have to wait for Google to include it New privacy features to fully cover other popular browsers like Firefox and Safari. By adding some privacy-aware extensions to Chrome, you can block trackers that monitor your browsing activity and make it difficult to "fingerprint" your browser.
Fingerprints are a particularly sophisticated way for advertisers to monitor your web activity: when you visit a web page, your browser and device settings leave clues about you and your system. Taken together, these hints provide a number of unique features that advertisers can use to identify your individual device and then track it without your permission.
Chrome extensions can also be helpful in managing cookies. Websites with small files are stored on your computer to store your website settings such as the address and other personal information. Social buttons on a web page can also store cookies on your computer. This file, known as a third-party cookie, allows an advertiser to track you through a social button on a page on the Internet.
How To Protect Your Privacy Using Some Chrome Extensions.
Manage Chrome Add and Extensions
Step 2. Enter the name of the desired extension in the search box at the top left. Below are three Chrome extensions that you can get started with.
Step 3. Find the extension you want in the search results and click Add to Chrome.
Step 4. A dialog box with permissions to expand your browser appears. If you agree, click Add extension.
Step 5. To manage the extension, in Chrome, right-click the More menu (it's the one with the three vertical dots), and then choose More Tools and then Extensions.
Step 6. On the Extensions page, you can enable or disable an extension, remove it, or click Details to learn more about the extension and its permissions.
Chrome Privacy Starter Kit
Until Google adds tools that give you more control over what you share – and not share with sites – these privacy-driven extensions can help you manage what information sites are about Collect them on the web.
Cookie AutoDelete (Chrome extension). This extension automatically deletes unused cookies from your closed tabs and lets you capture them by whitelisting them. After installation, the extension does not delete cookies. You must first enable automatic cleanup so that you can whitelist the cookies you want to keep, for example, to continue your progress in a game.
uBlock Origin (Chrome extension). UBlock Origin uses a collection of third-party and in-house filter lists and is a broadband tracker blocker that does not burden system resources. The extension gives you some control over what you are blocking. You can leave the extension in simple mode – which easily touches the block to avoid damaging Web sites – or choose Medium, Hard, or Nightmare mode, from a sound approach to blocking trackers to blocking of everything is enough – and "creating" the Web almost useless
Privacy Badger (Chrome extension). Privacy Badger from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is looking for third-party trackers to monitor your web browsing and block their ability to track your activity without your permission. Privacy Badger works similar to uBlock Origin but is easier to use. Simple sliders let you control how much or how little you want to block. And if the extension damages a page, you can click the deactivate button to disable it for the site.
Note: You may need to adjust the extension settings if you find that some of your favorite sites behave strangely after activating them.