For privacy, you need to change these browser settings

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Worried about your browser settings especially privacy ? No worries we got you covered. Google Chrome is not at all a privacy offender, but all browsers can use settings tweaks. You need to make these adjustments ASAP in Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Brave. This article will help you understand how to change browser settings.

Privacy is the foremost priority among browser-makers. Here’s a quick guide on how you can boost up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking.

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal made privacy protection in Silicon Valley important by showing how companies compile reams of data as you traverse the internet.

Apple and Google are currently in a state of war where Google pushing aggressively for an interactive web to rival native apps. Privacy is a very important feature that adds another dimension to the competition and to your surfing safe browser decision.

As we all know, Apple has made privacy a top priority in all its products, including Safari. For startup Brave, privacy is the main objective on the other hand Mozilla and Microsoft are treating privacy as a way to differentiate their browsers from Google Chrome.

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For all of the browsers listed above, you can give your system a privacy boost by changing the default search engine. For this use DuckDuckGo.Their search results are not very good or useful but this is a longtime favorite among the privacy-minded for its refusal to track user searches.

Other feasible options that boost privacy include disabling your browser’s location, then tracking carefully, and search engine autocompletes features. This also includes turning off password auto-fills and also regularly deleting your browsing history. For pro-level privacy, consider trying one of the virtual private networks CNET has reviewed that work well with all browsers.

Chrome browser privacy settings to change

You must be wondering how do I set google as my default browser? Don’t worry we got you covered. Chrome is the world’s most popular browser but is also one of the least secure. On the one hand side, however, Chrome’s flexible and open-source underpinnings have allowed independent developers to release a slew of privacy-focused extensions to shake off trackers.

Go to Chrome Web Store, now click Extensions visible on the left. Now type the name of the extension you’re looking for. Now when you found the correct extension click Add to Chrome. A dialog box will pop up giving information regarding which permissions the extension will have for your browser. Now you have to click Add extension to bring the extension into your browser.

If you want you can remove your extensions by simply opening Chrome and then clicking the three-dot. Now click the More menu on the right. Now you have to select More Tools and then Extensions.

On Android, extensions don’t work. So you need to switch browsers altogether to something like DuckDuckGo’s app.

In that three-dot menu in Chrome, you can even block third-party cookies. this can be done by selecting Settings. In the next step, you have to scroll down to the Privacy and Security option. Now from here, select Block third-party cookies. You can also et chrome as your default browser. In the next article, we will cover the topic of how to set a default browser.

Safari browser  settings(privacy) to change

Safari turns on its proprietary Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool for security purposes by default. This tool hasn’t always worked smoothly since its inception in 2017. Google researchers spotted how Intelligent Tracking Prevention itself could be used to track users.

Safari 14, in June, announced its arrival in 2020 with the new MacOS Big Sur . This will tell you which ad trackers are running on the website that you’re visiting and will give you a 30-day report of the known trackers. It will also give you information on which websites those trackers came from.

In order to know that whether blocking is on or not open Safari and click Preferences, and then Privacy. The box just at the side of Prevent cross-site tracking should be checked. You can even manually delete your cookies. Now Click Manage Website Data to see which sites have left their trackers and cookies roaming out in your browser. Now in the next step, you have to Click Remove next to any of the individual trackers. You can also get rid of all the trackers’ lists by clicking Remove All at the bottom of your screen.

Cookies can be really helpful. It can help you achieve stronger privacy. You can block them altogether — initially the first-party cookies from the website publisher and the third-party cookies from others like advertisers. For this click Block all the cookies.

Edge browser privacy settings to change

Edge browser (Microsoft) has some simplified privacy and tracker blocking options available on its Tracker prevention screen. Now within Edge, you have to select the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and have to select Settings. Now from the menu option on the left, you have to select Privacy and services.

You’ll be given three settings to choose from: Basic, Balanced and Strict. Edge uses the Balanced setting by default. This settings blocks trackers from sites you haven’t visited yet.  Edge’s Strict setting deals with how some sites behave. this also helps in blocking the greatest number of trackers. Even the Basic setting of Edge is very useful. It will still block trackers used for crypto mining and fingerprinting.

Firefox browser privacy settings to change

Firefox’s default privacy settings are best as compared to Chrome and Edge. many privacy options are also available under the hood as well.

At Firefox’s main menu — or from inside the menu on the right side, you have to select Preferences. After the Preferences window opens you have to click on Privacy & Security option. Here you will get three options -Standard, Strict, and Custom. Standard is the default Firefox setting. it blocks trackers in private windows, third-party tracking cookies, and crypto miners. The Strict setting is very useful. It may break a few websites. It blocks everything blocked in the Standard setting. It also blocks fingerprints and trackers in all windows. Custom is best for those who want to know how trackers are being blocked.

In order to apply the new tracking settings after you’ve selected your level of privacy, you have to click the Reload All Tabs.

Brave browser privacy settings to change

If we talk about anti-tracking tools, Safari’s latest privacy updates are those found in the Brave browser. Brave blocks all ads, trackers, third-party cookies, and fingerprinters by default. Brave also provides a built-in Tor private browsing mode. Also, it offers a heavy-duty tracker blocking option.

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Now inside Brave’s main menu, you have to select Preferences in order to reveal the Settings panel present on the left. Now  Select Shields so as to see the list of privacy options present on the right side of the screen. Now when you select the Advanced view, you’ll be able to see which kinds of trackers you want to block. Now when you will scroll down you’ll also be able to block login buttons and embedded content from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn. For more protection click on Additional Settings present on the left, and now select Privacy and security.

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