You can improve your browsing experience with privacy settings. For example, when you visit a web page, Chrome can use a web service to automatically load pages based on the page’s links.
Most of these settings are turned on by default, but you can choose which you'd like to turn on or off.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More Settings.
- Under 'Privacy and security', choose what settings to turn off.
- To control how Chrome handles content and permissions for a site, click Site settings.
- To delete information from your browsing activity, such as your history, cookies or saved passwords, click Clear browsing data.
- To control how Chrome handles cookies and tracking, click Cookies and other site data.
- To manage Safe Browsing and protection, click Security.
Learn about each privacy option from the list below:
- Preload pages for faster browsing and searching: Browsers use an IP address to load a web page. When you visit a web page, Chrome can look up the IP addresses of all the page's links and load the ones that you might navigate to next. If you turn this setting on, websites and any embedded content that are preloaded can set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them, even if you don't.
- Send a 'Do Not Track' request with your browsing traffic: You can include a 'Do Not Track' request with your browsing traffic. However, many websites will still collect and use your browsing data to improve security, provide content, services, ads and recommendations on their websites and generate reporting statistics.
- Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved: If you've saved payment methods to Chrome, you can let Chrome offer your saved info to make filling in forms easier. Learn more about how to fill in forms automatically.
- Safe Browsing: Get an alert whenever Chrome sees that the website to which you're going could be harmful. When you visit a website, Chrome checks it against a list of websites stored on your computer that are known to be harmful. If the website matches anything on the list, your browser sends a partial copy of the address to Google to find out if you're visiting a risky site. Learn more about Safe Browsing protection.
- Help improve security on the web for everyone: Chrome will periodically send some system information and page content to Google so that we know about any threats that you encounter. Chrome will also send this data any time that you visit a suspicious site. Learn more about what data helps Chrome to get better at blocking bad downloads and detecting malware.
- Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach: You may get an alert from Chrome if you use a password and username combination that has been compromised in a data leak on a third-party website or app.
- Read the finer details of how we treat your information in our Privacy Notice.
- You can choose which Google features you use in Chrome for more privacy options.
If you use a Chromebook at work or school, your network administrator might apply some of these privacy settings for you, in which case you can't change them yourself. Learn about using a managed Chromebook.