Chrome was designed for more than just speed. Because of its advanced security features, it offers a very safe browsing experience. Chrome also allows you to control what information you share online, keeping your personal information private.
Watch the video below to learn about privacy and security in Chrome.
Chrome includes a range of security features, including security indicators and malware protection. All of these features are continually running in Chrome, ensuring that your computer and personal information are protected at all times. Chrome also uses sandboxing technology, which stops harmful viruses from reaching your computer.
Watch this video from Google to learn more about how sandboxing keeps you safe in Chrome.
Whenever you navigate to a website, Chrome will display a security indicator to the left of the web address in the Omnibox.
Understanding these indicators can help you stay safe when entering personal information online.
Review Chrome's full list of website security indicators to learn more.
In order to keep you and your computer protected from harmful websites, Chrome automatically downloads a list of dangerous and malicious websites and stores that list on your computer. Whenever you navigate to a website in Chrome, that page is checked against the list.
If a website is suspected to be a malware or phishing site, Chrome will display a warning page instead of navigating to the website. If you see this warning, click Back to safety to return to the last page you visited.
Chrome offers a high level of protection from malicious websites, but you should still use your best judgement when browsing online. Review our Internet Safety tutorial to learn more about staying safe online.
Google Chrome takes great care to keep your personal information private. It offers several ways to control your privacy, including modifying your privacy settings, deleting your history, and browsing in incognito mode.
Watch this video from Google to learn more about Google Chrome's privacy settings and features.
Chrome allows you to control some of the information you share online, which you can modify in your privacy settings. We recommend that you do not change Chrome's default selections, as they allow for the best balance of privacy and security while browsing. However, you can modify them if you choose.
Like all browsers, Chrome keeps a record of every website you visit in your browsing history. You may want to remove some or all of your browsing history for the sake of privacy.
Chrome makes it easy to delete some or all of your history. For example, sometimes you might want to remove only your history from the past hour instead of your complete history. You might also want to remove all of your saved pages and cookies but keep your saved passwords.
For added privacy, Chrome also offers incognito mode, which allows you to browse without recording your history or storing cookies. This is a great way to keep your browsing history secret when planning a party or buying a gift for someone who shares your computer.
Browsing in incognito mode does not make Chrome more secure; it only stops Chrome from saving history and cookies for that session. Don't use an incognito window to view any websites you wouldn't feel safe viewing in a regular Chrome window.
Once you've customized your Google Chrome privacy settings, there are other privacy concerns you'll need to consider. For example, many websites partner with Google to bring you ads they think you might be interested in. These are known as targeted advertisements. To deliver targeted ads, Google needs to record information about your interests and demographics, such as your age and gender.
This information is based on the sites you visit, even if you're not signed in to a Google account. If you're not comfortable sharing this information, Google allows you to opt out of targeted ads.
To learn how to opt out of targeted ads, review our lesson on Understanding Google Privacy.