Google is releasing a new tool to help users configure their privacy settings in the Google Chrome browser in the form of a tour.
The new privacy guide for Google Chrome walks users through their privacy settings and was developed by engineers at the Google Safety Engineering Center (GSEC), the company’s global hub for privacy and security engineering.
“Soon you’ll see a new privacy guide card in the ‘Privacy and Security’ tab in your Chrome settings, which you can find by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of your browser,” Google said.
The guide includes explanations for cookies, history sync, Safe Browsing and Make Searches and Browsing Better. Google says it can add more settings to the manual based on user feedback.
Chrome now has over 2.5 billion users and is by far the most widely used desktop browser. The Privacy Guide is designed to help keep this large user base safe online by providing more information about all of Chrome’s security settings and how they affect the browser.
“By navigating through the Privacy Guide, you’ll learn about the ‘why’ behind each setting and how it affects your browsing experience, making it easy to understand what’s happening,” explains Audrey An, product manager for GSEC Munich out.
The Privacy Guide will be available to users of Chrome version 100 on the desktop in the coming weeks. Users should see a card for it in the “Privacy and Security” tab of Chrome’s settings. Changes to settings made through the guidance process are saved.
Until then, users can run a security check by typing the URL chrome://settings/safetyCheck in the address bar, which will show you what security updates are available, weak and hacked passwords, protection against malicious extensions, and whether Google’s Safe Browsing service is enabled.