Next in the series of recommended settings is Google Chrome. We previously wrote about it and we were accused of being subjective and that we favor this browser. All we can say is that we will write about each browser separately. So, let’s start.
The installation process is relatively simple. But you have to pay attention to two settings. Under the Google Chrome Terms of Service that Google will ask you to read and accept, you will find two options. The first one (Set Google Chrome as my default browser) asks if you want Google Chrome to be the main browser. This option is enabled by default and Google Chrome will replace Internet Explorer for any activity related to the Internet. If you don’t want Google Chrome to be the default browser, you can uncheck this option.
The second option (Help make Google Chrome better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google) asks if you want to send reports about the browser’s functionality to Google in order to fix the problems that arise in its operation, and also to improve the browser. If you’re worried that Google Chrome may send other private information to Google, uncheck the box. We assure you that by checking this option only technical data will be sent to Google. If you want to help Google to improve its browser, check this box.
To set up Google Chrome, click on the small wrench in the top-right of your browser and from the context menu that appears, click on Settings. Chrome will open a new tab with the basic settings (Basics). To set your home page in Google Chrome, select Open the following pages, then click Use current pages. And under the Home page section, select Open this page. The URL will be passed automatically. The same can be done if you leave the first option selected (Open the home page) in the section entitled On startup, after that select Open this page under the Home page section. The difference is that you must enter the URL manually.
For some reason, Google did not considered necessary to put a Home button in their browser so they hid it. To display the Home button, check Show Home button under the Toolbar section. And to show an additional toolbar for bookmarks, check the Always show bookmarks bar. This bar allows you to save favorite websites for fast and easy access.
Under the Personal Stuff tab in the Sign in section, you can click Sign in to Chrome to login with your Gmail address. All of your settings, bookmarks and extensions for Chrome will be saved. If you reinstall Windows or want to install Google Chrome on another computer, all you have to do is to login to your account as soon as Google Chrome was installed and all settings, bookmarks and extensions will be automatically synchronized. This way you don’t have to worry about your favorite websites and extensions, they will always be there.
If several people use the same browser, you can add more users by clicking the Add new user in the Users section. Each user will have their own settings, bookmarks and extensions.
For better security, select the Never save passwords in the Passwords section. It’s recommended to leave Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click checked, in order to not rewrite the information every time is necessary to fill web forms.
If you don’t want Google Chrome to highlight the text when you type in your native language, in Under the Hood tab, on the Web Content section, click Languages and spell checker settings. Here uncheck Enable spell checking. But if you want to correct the grammar in your native language, click the Add button to add your language.
To prevent Google Chrome to translate any website it encounters uncheck Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language I read in the Translate section. If you do not uncheck this option, Chrome will always show up an additional toolbar that will ask you if you want to translate the website. This function is quite annoying and the translation is far from being correct. Disabling this feature is recommended and for the most part it’s useless.
That’s it for Google Chrome, we hope our recommendations will be helpful to you. We promise you that we will make a tutorial on how to keep your privacy on the Internet, even with Google Chrome, which has a pretty bad reputation on this.