It’s a pretty well-known fact that Google collects an enormous amount of data on its users to push its online advertising business. When you use the Chrome browser, you essentially agree to the data collection. With Chrome version 83, the company introduced new privacy and security features to the browser. Here’s how to use them.

Password Checking

Password managers are the best way to keep your online accounts secure. Google built one into Chrome that can save passwords automatically after signing in. It will suggest strong passwords when creating accounts. We recommend using  3rd party password managers. They offer more features, and its good to not put all your eggs in one basket, but the Chrome password manager is better than nothing.

Safety Check is a tool that will run a quick scan of your Chrome settings. Based on the scan, it will make recommendations on how to make your account more secure. It also looks at the extensions attached to your Chrome browser to make sure everything is up to date. Google runs a check on your passwords against known breaches and will suggest password changes if it comes across a compromised password.

Threat Checking

The new Enhanced Safe Browsing mode is Google’s response to the real-time changes scammers make to their exploits. When the feature is activated, the address of the sites you visit will get shared to Google in real-time. Google compares the site against its list of unsafe sites.

Incognito Mode Updates

It’s a common misconception that Incognito Mode is private. It’s not. In order to achieve a fully private browsing experience, use a VPN. However, Incognito Mode is going to collect less information than it used to. Less information will be captured by 3rd parties that have cookies installed on their sites.

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