Using Google Chrome? This is a better way of "protecting" your data

Some useful tips if you wanna safely browse the internet.

June 22, 2021

TL;DR: Delete Chrome, get Brave and add uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger and Cookie AutoDelete as extensions.

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If you’re among the billions of people using Chrome, you should probably stop using it.

It's a fact that Google’s browser is the most popular browser in the world. But when it comes to privacy... it's not that popular anymore. Unfortunately, Chrome harvests an insane amount of your data in order to make money from tracker-driven, behaviorally-targeted ads.

This is no news at all, I know. But as a designer I can't stay silent about it. I seriously encourage you to use a web browser that protects you from tracking, fingerprinting, and unwanted advertisements.

Brave is the one I'm using right now. It's a Chromium-based privacy-first browser that blocks websites from tracking you by default. A cool feature of Brave is its integration with Tor, which is helpful for having genuine anonymity in the web. It hides your IP address from the sites you visit and prevents your ISP or employer from seeing what sites you’re visiting.

But changing your browser is not enough. If you're really concerned about your data or if for some reason you have no choice rather than sticking to Chrome, these are some extensions that will add some extra security:

  • uBlock Origin: this browser extension is designed to allow people to make their own privacy choices through content filtering and ad blocking. It’s available for Firefox, Safari and Chromium-based browsers. Oh, and it also blocks YouTube ads ;)
  • Privacy Badger: an open source browser extension designed to transparently block unwanted cookies and ads.
  • Cookie AutoDelete: it deletes cookies and other browsing site data as soon as the tab closes, domain changes, browser restarts, or a combination of those events.

This is not a fully complete protection, but by having these extensions installed I can guarantee you that your data will be more protected when browsing the web.