Every Android phone owner is required to check five settings - don't risk ignoring them

Every Android phone owner is required to check five settings – don’t risk ignoring them

GOOGLE urges Android phone owners to check privacy settings on Google Chrome.

The tech giant recommends taking a closer look at five settings that can keep you safe — and make your life easier.

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Make sure you are using the best privacy settings for Google Chrome on AndroidCredit: Google

It is very easy to check Chrome settings from your Android phone or tablet, and it is definitely worth it.

“You can improve your browsing experience with your privacy settings,” Google said.

“Most of these settings are turned on by default, but you can turn them off.”

To find your settings, open the Chrome app first.

Then to the right of the address bar, tap More > Settings.

Now tap on Privacy and Security and then choose the feature you want to update.

Google Chrome privacy settings on Android

The first feature you want to look at is Preload pages.

This feature can make your experience on the web much faster – but it comes at the cost of privacy.

Google explains that “Chrome makes browsing and searching faster by preloading pages it thinks you might visit.”

To do this, Chrome may use cookies, if you allow cookies, and may encrypt pages and send them through Google to hide your identity from sites.

The second feature of the note is called dont follow.

This feature is designed to report websites that you do not want to be tracked.

However, it is not weatherproof: websites can still ignore the request.

But it is a simple way to instantly enhance your privacy online.

Third place on the list is Clear browsing data.

It does what is written on the box: You can easily clear your browsing data from Google Chrome.

This includes websites you’ve visited, or entries saved on web forms.

It is also possible to clear browsing data from specific time periods. For example, you might just want to scan the past hour – because you’ve been searching for birthday gift ideas.

Fourth in the Google Chrome privacy list is Safe Browsing.

This is a very important feature because it can protect you from falling victim to a dangerous website.

Google explains, “Protects you and your device from dangerous websites: Get an alert when Chrome detects that websites you visit may be malicious.”

“When you visit a website, Chrome checks it against a list of websites stored on your computer that are known to be bad.”

This could prevent you from falling prey to a scam or infecting your device with dangerous malware.

Finally, you’ll want to check out Access to payment methods.

This is where you can see the payment methods you have saved in Google Chrome.

Providing payment methods can be an easy way to speed up online transactions – but it naturally adds privacy risks.

Fortunately, there is a special modification you can make that can help you.

“You can edit your saved payment info so that it’s only saved on your device, and you won’t see your saved payment info on other devices,” Google revealed.

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While it is important to use the best privacy settings, remember that you are never safe online.

Always be careful when using the web, never hand over personal information without verifying the legitimacy of the recipient, and avoid clicking on unwanted links or documents.

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