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 More Settings.
- At the bottom, click Advanced.
- Under 'Privacy and security', change your settings:
- Turn off any of the privacy settings that you don't want anymore.
- 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.
Learn about each privacy option from the list below:
- Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors: When you can't connect to a web page, 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: 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.
- Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly: 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 pre-loaded may set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them, even if you don't.
- Automatically send some system information and page content to Google to help detect dangerous apps and sites: If you tick the box, Chrome will periodically send some system information and page content to Google so that we know about any threats you encounter. Chrome will also send this data any time that you visit a suspicious site. Learn more about what data helps Chrome get better at blocking bad downloads and detecting malware.
- Protect you and your device from dangerous sites: Get an instant alert whenever Chrome sees that the website 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. Learn more about Safe Browsing protection.
- 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. Learn 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.
- 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.
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