How to browse the web (a little) more securely

  1. Launch a browser (let’s use Chrome 99.0.4844.74 for this blog)
  2. Think of a topic (let’s pick “BBC news”) and type it into the Chrome omnibox, commonly named the address or url bar
  3. Review Google results (or the search engine of choice)
  4. Pick the first result (https://www.bbc.com/news) and click it
  5. Browse BBC news
  1. Operating System (1–5)
  2. Chrome (1–5)
  3. Internet Service Provider (2–4)
  4. DNS providers (2, 4) although likely these DNS records are cached
  5. google.com (2–4)
  6. bbc.com (4–5)
  7. 3rd Party Advertising services (E.g. Google, Facebook)
  • sb.scorecardresearch.com
  • edigitalsurvey.com
  • www.google.com
  • prod-use.perf-serving.com
  • …and dozens more
  • .doubleclick.net
  • .adform.net
  • .adnxs.com

Best Practices

Disable Google Services

  • Help improve Chrome’s features and performance
  • Make searches and browsing better
  • Enhanced spell check
Block third-party cookies
Block third-party cookies in Chrome 99.0.4844.74
72 cookies in use without blocking third-party cookies
Only 32 cookies in use when “Block third-party cookies” is enabled
Quite a few (>40) cookies blocked!
No. Just no.
  • chrome://settings/privacySandbox
  • Remove all cookies on shutdown
  • chrome://settings/content/ads
  • chrome://settings/syncSetup: Allow Chrome sign-in
  • chrome://settings/syncSetup: Autocomplete searches and URLs

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