You can cover up your tracks when surfing the web

This story has been revised. The original publication date was February 17, 2019.

All of us want to remain safe while online keeping our data private A lot of modern browsers provide a range of tools, but they aren’t always the best at promoting their privacy features.

This is how we will do it. Here we’ll go over all privacy settings in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. Also, how to restrict the amount of data that companies can see.

This will not affect the browser’s “do NOT track” settings. This informs web sites that you don’t want to have your browsing history tracked. websites largely ignore this. It’s unlikely to be removed.

Google Chrome tracking: What can I do to stop it?

Google Chrome has many settings options that you can access if your go to the menus.

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To access Chrome’s Settings, click the Menu button (3 dots in top-right corner). Then choose Setting. Next, click Privacy Security. Then select Cookies. For sites that wish to save or read cookies data, you can click Allow All Cookies.

Cookies are small bits of code and text that web sites leave on your computer. These cookies help sites keep track your items and remember your location if you give it.

It’s possible to browse the Internet without cookies but you must log into websites and change your settings each visit.

Most people accept the convenience-for-privacy trade-off. However, cookies don’t pose a security risk from a privacy perspective, because individual web sites or web apps cannot see the cookies of other websites or web apps.

That’s until third-party cookie. These advanced cookies allow advertising networks to monitor you on multiple websites. Advertisers embed their ads in different sites using code that can be customized to your browsing habits.

You can stop these from occurring by staying on the cookies and other site information menu, and clicking the box next to Block Third-Party Cookies. It is possible to allow or block specific websites’ cookies, and also clear any cookies that have been set by specific sites once you close your browser. This happens automatically for incognito browsing. You can do this by clicking View all cookies and website data to locate sites that you don’t want tracking you. Click on the arrow on the right to view cookies left by sites, or click on the trash can to remove them.

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On the Security and Privacy screen go to Site Settings. This will allow you to choose which web sites and apps may access your webcam, microphone and location.

Google does collect a lot of data as you surf the internet. This is more than Mozilla, Apple or Microsoft.

Chrome does not have the privacy settings to allow you to restrict what Google knows about you.

Mozilla Firefox Tracking Limitation

Firefox lets you decide how strict you want to be.

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Firefox can be used to access privacy settings. To do this, click on the three lines next the navigation bar. Then choose Settings. You can then go to Privacy & Security.

The Browser Privacy is the first screen. You can select from one of three privacy settings for your browser. Select Basic for blocking third-party cookie tracking (tracking that tracks you on the web) from many sites. Choose Strict to stop them being tracked from all sites, regardless of whether or not you are in Private mode. Or choose Custom for more specific options.

Firefox checks a publicly accessible list of tracking cookies in order to ensure that your browsing is private and does not interfere with the operation of websites or web apps. You can find the box below Clear cookies from Firefox when Firefox is closed. To clear your browser of all crumbs, click the X button at the bottom of the screen.

The permissions you need to access your computer’s location (camera, microphone), and other information can be found on the same screen. You will see the permissions for your computer’s location, camera, microphone and other information. Each website has its own set of options. You can click Settingsnext each item to remove or grant permissions, or you can hit Remove all websites for complete access revocation.

This menu allows you to set Firefox’s data collection options, which include data about extensions and details about Firefox’s performance.

How to stop Apple Safari from tracking you

Like the other big browsers, Apple’s Safari will help stop some trackers.

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You can access the Privacy Controls for Apple Safari by opening the Safari Menu from the Bar at the Top of Your Screen, then choosing Preferences or Privacy. By default, cross-site tracker (or third party cookies) will not be visible.

You will see the option block all cookies below that option for cross-site tracking. You can also choose to disable all cookies, just like the browsers. However, this will mean that you won’t have to log in every time you want to change your preferences.

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Click Manage Site Data for a list of cookies already stored by Safari. If you wish to remove that data, simply click on that link. Last, you can allow websites to see if Apple Pay has been installed on your computer. It’s a choice between privacy or convenience.

Switch tabs by clicking Websites in the Preferences dialogue. This is where you can manage which web sites and apps are allowed to access your camera or microphone, as well as view the location of your computer and open pop-up and notification windows.

Safari offers a private browsing option, just like the others. Safari doesn’t save any browsing histories. Safari also closes the browser window and deletes all cookies.

Microsoft Edge tracking: Limiting it

Microsoft Edge has gotten a lot better lately.

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Finally, Microsoft Edge is part of Windows. You can access the privacy settings in the software by clicking the menu button (3 dots) at the top. Click Settings then cookies and site permissions. You can then click manage and delete cookies, site data from the top of your screen. At the top of your screen, you’ll find several toggle switches, such as Allow sites save and read cookie information (recommended) and Block Third-party cookies.

Open the Privacy and search menu. You can select from Essential, Balanced and strict tracking prevention. On the same screen you will be able to view every site Edge has disabled from tracking your activities.

We’ve already explained that all these options offer the possibility of stopping cross-site monitoring from ad network while still allowing individual sites to keep the cookies necessary for their operation.

Microsoft Edge offers a private browsing option that doesn’t keep cookies. This means that if your browser isn’t storing any cookies at all, you can use it to quickly access the web.

Although there is a variety of security settings available, cookies remain the most essential for privacy. Web apps and websites will request permission to use your location information, microphone, or webcam whenever necessary. These permissions can be controlled by returning to the Cookies menu.