Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking settings for Google Chrome, part of Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety.
- I've talked about some recommended browser security settings for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Now, let's talk about the settings for the Google Chrome browser. Remember, these are settings that give you the best compromise between security and convenience, and still making the browser fun to use. Like the other browsers, the first thing we want to check to make sure is that Google Chrome is up to date. In the Google Chrome browser, click the three lines in the top right hand side, just like we did for Firefox, and this time select, 'About Google Chrome'.
It's going to check for updates and then immediately tell me whether or not it's up to date or if it needs to be updated. Right now, I can see that I'm up to date, but if it did need to be updated, there'd be a link to download and install it right from here. Now, let's check some privacy settings. Click the three lines again in the top right hand side, and select 'Settings'. Scroll down in the settings screen, and click 'Show Advanced Settings'. This is going to bring up some more options including privacy options. The first thing that we want to do is make sure that 'Enable Phishing and Malware Protection' has a checkmark next to it.
After that, let's click 'Content Settings'. Just like other browsers, if you don't want your history and cookies saved when you close out of the browser, select 'Keep local data only until you quit your browser'. Let's scroll down on this screen. We also want to make sure 'Pop-up Blocker' is turned on. So, make sure the 'Do not allow any site to show pop-ups' has a radio button that's selected. There's also an option to ask you when a site would like to track your physical location. That is, where your computer or laptop is physically when you access a website.
This can be done for convenience, such as, looking up local information, or you could also be tracked to serve you ads. It's your choice whether you want to turn this feature on or off. The default to ask is just fine. When you're all done with your changes, click 'Done' in the bottom right hand side. To close out of the settings in Google Chrome, since it opened up a new browser tab to show you the settings, you can simply close out of that tab, and go back to your browsing. Up next, let's examine the settings for the browser that comes with Apple computers, Safari.
- Installing updates
- Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Using password-management software
- Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
- Securing your router and protecting the SSID
- Understanding the signs of a secure website
- Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
- Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
- Reviewing site privacy settings
- Browsing on a public computer
- Understanding cookies
- Protecting other people's names and locations
- Fact-checking email warnings