Choose your privacy settings
You can improve your browsing experience using web services. For example, Chrome can use a web service to automatically offer completions for search terms or website addresses that you type in the address bar.
Most of these settings are turned on by default, but you can choose which you'd like on or off.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top-right, click Menu Settings.
- At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
- Under "Privacy," adjust your settings:
- To manage how Chrome handles content and permissions for a site, click Content settings.
- To delete information from your browsing activity, such as history, cookies or saved passwords, click Clear browsing data.
- Untick any of the privacy settings boxes that you don't want anymore.
Find out about each privacy option from the list below:
- Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors: When you can't connect to a webpage, you can get suggestions for other pages like the one that you're trying to reach. Chrome sends Google the web address of the page that you're trying to reach to offer you suggestions.
- Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box: These suggestions are based on related web searches, your browsing history and popular websites. If your default search engine provides a suggestion service, the browser might send the text that you type in the address bar to the search engine. Find out more about the address bar prediction service.
- Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly: Browsers use an IP address to load a webpage. 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 pre-loaded may set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them, even if you don't.
- Automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google: If you ticked the box, this data will be sent every time Chrome detects a suspicious download or website. Find out more about malware and uncommon download warnings.
- Protect you and your device from dangerous sites or files: Get an instant alert whenever Chrome sees that the website that you're going to 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 bad. 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. Find out more about Safe Browsing protection.
- Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors: Use the same spell-checking technology in Chrome as Google Search. Chrome sends the text that you typed to Google's servers.
- Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google: Help us prioritise the features and improvements that we should work on by allowing Chrome to send these usage statistics and crash reports automatically to Google. Find out more about usage statistics and crash reports.
- 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.
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