How to Start the privacy guide in Google Chrome? Here’s how!

In Google Chrome version 100, Google introduced a privacy guide. This privacy guide helps to walk you through the security settings in Google Chrome to familiarize you with the various Chrome features related to security.

Chrome shows you considerations with each feature. That means that there are advantages and disadvantages to the feature, which Google shows in Chrome in a table. By reading the considerations, you can choose to enable or disable the privacy feature.

More and more privacy features are offered in the privacy guide. At the time of writing, there are several privacy features that you can customize. Google has indicated that there will be more over time.

So by going through the privacy guide, you can control in Google Chrome how the browser handles user privacy. It also provides more insight and helps you determine how you want to experience the web to some extent. It’s a start, shall we say.

How to Start the privacy guide in Google Chrome? Here’s how!

Open the Google Chrome browser. Next, click on the menu in the top right corner. In the menu, then click Settings.

Open google chrome settings

On the left, click “Privacy and Security.” Then, in the privacy settings, click on “Privacy Guide”.

Not seeing the privacy guide? Then make sure Google Chrome is updated to the most recent version.

Privacy guide in Google chrome

Starting the Privacy Guide

To start, Chrome indicates that it will take you on a tour of important privacy and security options in Google Chrome. If you want more information or more settings, you’ll need to go to the setting for each security feature separately.

For your information: You will find these settings all in the “Privacy and Security” settings in Chrome. Click next to start the privacy guide tour.

A guide of your privacy choices

Search and Browsing Quality

The first setting is the search and browse quality setting. There are pros and cons to this feature. Read each consideration and “when on” carefully and make your choice to enable this feature or not.

The search and browse quality mainly focuses on extra suggestions based on websites you visit a lot. Then again, the downside is to display the extra suggestions Google has to analyze the visited websites. So those are sent to Google, and it’s up to you whether you like that.

Make your choice and click next to continue.

Choose your search and browsing quality

Synchronizing browsing history

If there is a Google account associated with the Chrome browser, you can sync the history. This has the advantage that the history is immediately available on all devices where you are logged into your Google account through Google Chrome.

In addition, Google indicates that better suggestions are displayed in the Google search engine. However, these suggestions are based on your search history. Therefore, the downside is that URLs (websites) you visit are stored in your Google account.

Make your choice and click next to continue.

Choose whether to sync history

Safe browsing protection

Safe browsing is the protection that Google offers in Google Chrome. It is a cloud service that performs analysis on visited websites, downloads, and extensions in Google Chrome. Think of it as protection that analyzes specific data and protects you by blocking it if suspicious websites are visited, or extensions are found.

There is enhanced protection and standard protection. The enhanced protection checks besides dangerous websites you visit, downloads, extensions, and password leaks. If cybercriminals have stolen a password and published it online stored in your Google account data (not your Google account data) then Chrome will notify you of this. You will then see a notification in Chrome that a particular password has been stolen.

The downside of this is that browsing data is sent to Google. The standard protection protects against unwanted and dangerous websites, downloads, and extensions. However, this does not require data to be sent to Google. This is done locally (stored in Chrome).

Make your choice and click next to continue.

Choose your Safe Browsing protection

Block third-party cookies

You can block third-party cookies. This is important that you think about this carefully because blocking cookies on third-party websites breaks a lot of websites.

In addition, many websites will no longer work properly if you proactively start blocking cookies. Are you the average internet user aware of the risk of cookies but do not have the technical knowledge to block all cookies? Then choose to block third-party cookies in incognito mode.

Are you aware of what goes wrong on websites when you block all cookies? Then make your choice and click next.

Choose your third-party cookie preferences

The privacy review in Google Chrome is now complete. Click done to close the privacy guide.

Review complete

As mentioned, more privacy guide components will be added over time. This will allow you to adjust your privacy settings in future Chrome versions.

I hope to have informed you of this. Thanks for reading!

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