Google is making a small but important update to its Chrome browser to prevent consumers from being ripped off by unclear or non-transparent mobile subscription services.
Some websites ask visitors to enter their mobile phone number to subscribe to some service, such as mobile games, but it’s not always clear how much they’ll be charged or if they’ll be charged at all.
This is possible thanks to a service called carrier billing, which allows users to bypass the more cumbersome subscription methods by taking a fee directly from their mobile phone bill. This is actually an incredibly useful service for many things, as it removes much of the friction of paying online and means you don’t have to carry a credit card around.
However, content or service providers exploit this opportunity by hiding important information about the registration process, such as costs and whether it is a one-off or recurring fee.
Here are best tips to improve security in Google Chrome
Every day, we visit dozens of websites, surfing the internet, using a wireless or fibre broadband. Even though we take steps to protect ourselves and make regular efforts to stay safe online, there is still one potential vulnerability: our browser.
Did you know that you can reduce the risks by making small changes to your browser? Here are five tips you can use in Chrome to reduce this risk.
How can I improve security in Google Chrome?
One of the benefits of Google Chrome is the ability to sync data (logins and passwords, bookmarks, etc.) between different devices, such as your computer and your phone. However, the constant transfer of data can compromise your security. We therefore recommend that you limit synchronisation.
To do this, click on “Settings” (three dots in the top right corner of the Chrome browser), then “Sync”. The default setting is “Sync All”. We recommend that you disable the options you use less often.
Encrypting synchronised data
Without leaving this menu, you will also find an option for encryption settings. Activate the option Encrypt synchronised data with your own synchronisation password. Then choose the password you want to remember (in addition to your Google Account password).
Every time Google Chrome wants to sync your data, it will ask you for your password, which is an extra layer of security.
Use a VPN extension through your fibre broadband
Google collects sensitive user data and Chrome has had many vulnerabilities over the years. In fact, some of its extensions have been used to steal crypto-currency wallet keys in the past. In other words, protection is also needed in your browser.
Chrome certainly doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to protecting user privacy, so it’s worth thinking about. Using a VPN proxy extension is the best way to protect your online privacy when browsing the web in Chrome.
Disable web services
Google Chrome uses a number of external services, such as spell checker, to enhance your browsing experience. These services constantly send information to your browser about your browsing or typing. Disabling these options reduces the amount of information that is constantly being sent.
It is best to disable all of them and enable the option to send a “do not track” request when browsing. This option automatically sends a “do not track” request to the websites you visit so that they do not track you as you browse. Unfortunately, not all sites accept this, but it is a good option to enable.
To enable or disable these services, go to Settings > Options and this time to Advanced Settings.
Although some cookies are necessary for web browsing and most of them are encrypted, their excessive use can compromise your security.