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How to fight the spies in your Chrome browser

Source: Geoffrey Fowler, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The main lesson: If Google is a data vampire, Chrome is its fangs. For most people, not using a browser made by an advertising company is the simplest way to protect your data from thousands of tracking firms, including Google itself. I recommend switching to the nonprofit Firefox, which has privacy-focused default settings that automatically block tracking cookies from ad and data companies, including Google itself. Apple’s Safari and Brave (which has an ad blocker built in) are also fine choices.

For Chrome users, head over to your Activity controls ( and turn off — or set to “pause,” in Google’s strange lingo — your “Web & App Activity.”

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