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A Chrome security setting you shouldn’t overlook


We spend tons o’ time talking about Android security settings — like the added Android 10 option to limit how and when apps are able to access your location. Often lost in the shuffle, though, is the fact that the Chrome desktop browser has some significant security options of its own, and they’re just as critical to consider.

In fact, Chrome has an easily overlooked setting that’s somewhat similar to that new location control feature in Android. It’s attached to every Chrome extension you install, as of not that long ago, and it lets you decide exactly when an extension should be able to see what you’re doing on the web and be made privy to all the details (yes, even those details) of your browsing activity.

Suffice it to say, the setting’s incredibly important. And if you’re anything like me, you might find a few eyebrow-raising surprises when you take the time to look into it.

So don’t wait any longer: Here’s how to see precisely how much of your web browsing data different Chrome extensions are accessing — and then to take back control so they’re shown only what’s genuinely needed.

Four steps to smarter Chrome security

All right, first step: Type chrome:extensions into your browser’s address bar, then one by one, click the Details box for every extension listed on the page.

That’ll pull up each extension’s full information rundown. And that brings us to our second step: On each extension’s page, look for a line labeled “Site access.” With some extensions, you’ll simply see text saying “This extension has no additional site access” — meaning the extension isn’t ever able to see what you’re doing as you browse this wobly, wacky web of ours. Easy enough. Move on.

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