Chrome Is Tracking You To An Absurd Degree
Chrome Is Tracking You To An Absurd Degree ,Cookies make the web a bit easier. If you have visited a site before, you can make the return visit a little quieter. But some of those cookies can be more invasive than we would like. According to a recent Washington Post article, just one week of browsing on the desktop generated more than 11,000 requests for tracker cookies.
Chrome generally allows those cookies by default. And as you visit more and more sites, Google gets a clearer picture of what kind of person you are. That information can be used to direct you to mysteriously specific ads.
The article in the publication also notes that if you have an Android phone, Chrome sends your location to Google every time you do a search. Every time? Yes. Chrome is essentially a cyber stalker.
What can you do to protect your privacy?
In the short term, you can simply disable some of the cookie options in Chrome.
But Google can be even more sneaky about how they collect data. Even if you do not use Chrome, your Gmail and Google Maps history helps them know who you are. There are some free versions of blockchain from those popular Google tools that will keep your information more secure.
You can also protect yourself by switching to a browser that has a greater focus on privacy, such as Firefox or Brave. Those browsers are not in the business of selling your data, so you will not have to worry about invasive crawlers.
Another important step would be to change your default search engine to something like DuckDuckGo.
We must also bear in mind that there are some good reasons why you may not want to disable cookies. The problem is to classify the good from the bad. Chrome does not seem to have its best interests in all cases.
Of course, it’s easy to trust the 800-pound Internet gorilla to provide you with a good, reliable experience. But as Google becomes more aggressive selling your data and disabling your ad blockers, it’s time to seriously consider some alternatives.