Start by locating the Privacy and Settings menu in Chrome’s settings. From here you can:

  • Clear your browsing data

Erase your browsing history, cookies and other site data, as well as your cached images and files. These contain your private data and can be manipulated by websites your visit in order to extract information about the you and your browsing habits. Clicking on the Advanced tab allows you to delete additional stored information, such as your download history, passwords and auto-fill form data. 

  • Change your cookies preferences

Cookies are bits of data sent to your device by websites you visit. They are stored in your web browser and collect personal data while keeping track of your browsing activity. You can delete cookies or even block them (not completely) from you Chrome’s preferences menu. You can also alter your cookie preferences to set customized behaviors for different websites from the 'Cookies and other site data' menu.   

  • Examine your security settings

The ‘Security’ menu contains the Chrome settings for standard and enhanced protection. The Enhanced Protection mode predicts and warns you about dangerous events before they happen, such as if your passwords are exposed in a breach and checks if the URLs you’re visiting are safe. In the 'Advanced settings', you can select to use secure DNS, as well as manage certificates such as HTTPS and SSL. 

  • Tweak your site settings 

The ‘Site Settings’ menu lets you  take control of the resources on the device being used by the Chrome, such as your camera, microphone, location tracking, motion sensors, USB devices, serial ports and many more. These can sometimes be manipulated by bad actors and used to access your private information. Visiting the menu will allow you to disable permissions and automatically deny websites from accessing the above-mentioned resources. While turning off all the permissions will be the most secure option, it might make certain websites hard to use. 

How to block cookies on Chrome browser

Cookies are bits of data sent to your device by websites you visit. They are stored in your web browser and collect personal data while keeping track of your browsing activity. You can delete cookies or even block them from your browser’s settings, but in order to get rid all cookies once and for all it is recommended that you install a privacy-focused browser like Xayn. You can also opt for browser extensions.

To block cookies on Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dot More menu to the right.
  1. Select Settings, then scroll down to the Privacy and security section
  1. Click on Cookies and other site data.
  1. Select Block third-party cookies.

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How to block trackers on Chrome

To make sure all trackers are blocked on your Chrome browser, take the following easy steps:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dot More menu to the right.
  1. Select Settings, then scroll down to the Privacy and security section
  1. Click on Cookies and other site data.
  1. Flip on Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic.