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How to Use Google Chrome Safely

Guest post by Greg Perry

Google Chrome is by far the most used internet browser on the planet, with over 40% of the global population using it to surf.

So many people use it for everyday things, such as shopping, banking, and other important tasks. This can make Chrome a rich haven for scammers and hackers to commit crimes.

However, most internet crime is preventable with user vigilance and the help of a few tools. Here, we’ll delve into why Chrome is so popular and how to use it without falling victim to cyber crime.

What are some of Chrome’s features and benefits?

We know that Chrome is overwhelmingly popular, but why is this?

  • Easy to use: Chrome is incredibly user-friendly. It has a few basic buttons to take care of the basics. An intuitive search bar can either bring up the file you want or search the web for ideas to do with your next project.
  • Connectivity: Many applications can run through your Google account, putting everything in one place.
  • Incognito: Buying someone a birthday present and not wanting to spoil the surprise? Incognito mode will hide your searches and browsing history, so mum’s the word.

What are the common security threats when using Chrome?

Google is always quick to respond and transparent when the platform comes under attack. When using Chrome – or any browser – it’s important to be cautious when doing any of the following.

  • Shopping: Is the site you’re using legitimate? Does the store have clear customer service information and official banking logos at checkout? If not, it could be a scam.
  • Banking: Banks will never ask you to confirm sensitive information when logging in. Similarly, they will very rarely ask you to follow links in online communications. If something seems off, open a separate tab or call them to double-check.

How to protect yourself and your data

There are several ways in which you can protect yourself while online.

  • Be careful: Above all else, it’s vital that you pay proper attention to what you’re clicking and where you input your details. One false move and your information could be in the hands of criminals and shared across networks. In several cases, scammers can be quick to withdraw your cash or take other assets.
  • Use a VPN: A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can mask your online activity. Using one is particularly useful if you need to shop or bank over the public internet. Even a free VPN Chrome extension will offer you the protection you need.
  • Take things offline: If you don’t need that new device immediately, why not hold off and visit a physical store to make your purchase instead?