The Dangers of Not Regularly Cleaning and Maintaining the Chrome Browser

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Chrome. It’s the most widely used web browser worldwide, a Google product that is fast, clever, and easy to use – no matter your level of technological expertise. But – it’s still a web browser. While there are built in protection measures to help you stay protected from the bad guys online, it can still be unsafe. If you go to a malicious website, you can still get stung. And – if you don’t clean Chrome and maintain Chrome your privacy and safety could be compromised.

Today we check out some of the nuts and bolts of Chrome to see where you need to give things a clean.

Cookies (and not the delicious type)

You will likely have seen the word “cookies” pop up when it comes to browsing the internet. Many websites now have a little popup appear either over the whole screen or just down the bottom. It will say something like “Our website uses cookies to help tailor your experience. By browsing our website you accept…”. These internet cookies have nothing to do with those delicious ones from the oven.

Each cookie that is stored in Chrome will gather specific data related to how you browse the website and may include things like the items in your shopping basket, how often you visit the website, videos you view, and images. If a website allows a third party service (let’s call them Conglomacore) to use that data, and ten other websites you visit use Conglomacore, then Conglomacore will be able to track your behaviour over the course of your browsing. If you don’t want to be tracked, then you should delete your browser cookies regularly.

The cache and how to clean Chrome

Your browser cache is a little bit like a filing system on your computer. When we first go to a website, this filing system is empty. Chrome will then store certain bits of the website in the filing system, so that it doesn’t have to retrieve them from the website on the other side of the world every time you visit. This might be bits and pieces like images, scripts, and other files. When they are in the filing system already, it means the websites load more quickly.

However, the filing system can take up a lot of space. It can also store bad or incomplete files, which means when you visit a website it won’t look correct. Plus, if a malicious attacker gains access to your system, it can reveal what websites you visit. Cleaning the cache on a regular basis not only tidies up your computer, but can be good for increasing privacy.

Who can see your history?

The browser history is one concept that is familiar to most people. This is the actual addresses of websites that you visit. When you go into your Chrome history, you will be able to see every single website that you ever visited with the browser. And that is a lot. You’ll also be able to see them pop up when you type into the search bar.

You’ll often have people use your computer to do an innocent search. Any website that you have visited in the past could pop up. Now, while most of our browsing history is pretty benign, you probably have a few things that are a bit embarrassing in the history books – which you wouldn’t want other people to see. And again, if an online baddy gains access to your history, they might use it against you. You can clean up your browsing history by deleting only single websites, or the whole history book at once, to retain your privacy. It’s up to you.

SafePCKit can clean Chrome browser cookies, cache and history at in the one fell swoop – and do a whole host more neat stuff to clean up your computer. Give it a go and feel safe in the knowledge that your privacy has been restored.

Julia is an ex software developer turned content writer who has a penchant for tech talk and loves linguistics. Australian born, she now subscribes to the location-independent movement, wandering in search of sunshine, techno, and the perfect espresso martini.

Julia SJ

Julia is an ex software developer turned content writer who has a penchant for tech talk and loves linguistics. Australian born, she now subscribes to the location-independent movement, wandering in search of sunshine, techno, and the perfect espresso martini.