Chrome best browsing practices
Chromium is my browser of choice. I’ve tinkered with settings and obtained the best usability vs privacy trade-off for my liking.
Before I go into detail about specific settings, a couple of pointers..
I aim to clear most settings on browser exit, somewhat resembling the Firefox ‘never remember history’ permanent private browsing mode.
I use an updater for the open source Chromium, instead of the Google Chrome software package.
Certain cookies are white listed so they aren’t cleared on restart (lastpass, duckduckgo etc)
My primary search engine is non-tracking DuckDuckGo.
If you’re doing a fresh install, check and clear your “All cookies and site data” prior to browsing as Google likes to throw in a bunch of cookies and local storage for Google services after installation.
- Un-check all options
- Enable ‘Send a “Do Not track” request’
- Keep local data only until you quit your browser
- [tick] Block third-party cookies and site data
- Let me choose when to run plug in content Manage individual plug-ins – disable all except ‘Native Client’ (and PDF viewer if you prefer usability over security)
- [tick] Do not allow any site to disable the mouse curser
- [untick] Allow identifiers for protected content
- Do not allow sites to access your camera
This reduces calls home to Google with all your data, and minimises the attack surface somewhat.
- uBlock Origin – very lightweight and blocks a multitude of online ads, trackers, potential threats and WebRTC local IP reveal. If you don’t use this, you should.
- HTTPS Everywhere – automatically connects to websites securely where available
- Cache Killer – set to wipe all browser data on exit (cache, other persistent website data)
- LastPass – gotta keep those passwords somewhere
- Xmarks – bookmarks sync across browsers and devices