Recently, I covered the Firefox Tracking Protection feature that brings more robust privacy to the open-source browser. Shortly after that piece, I went in search of a similar functionality in Google's Chrome browser for Android. Although Chrome doesn't contain a strong arm option like Firefox (that will completely disable sites' ability to track, even when they do not comply with the standard), you can set the Do Not Track option. This is not a be-all, end-all means of browser and mobile privacy, but it will, at least, stop a vast number of (complying) websites from collecting your data.
Enabling this option is actually quite simple (and can be done on both the mobile and desktop version of Chrome). Let me show you how to enable Do Not Track on the Android Chrome browser.
- Open Chrome on your Android device
- Tap on Chrome's menu button (three vertical dots in the upper right corner)
- Scroll down and tap Settings
- Scroll down and tap Privacy (under Advanced)
- Tap Do Not Track
- Tap the slider switch to its ON position (Figure A)
That's it. Do Not Track is now enabled on your Android Chrome browser.
Do Not Track on a Verizon-branded Nexus 6.
If you want to learn more about Do Not Track (DNT), head over to the About DNT site (Figure B), which will also show you if your browser is sending a DNT signal.
DNT is on, according to the About DNT site.
If you find DNT not enough for your privacy needs, you can always switch your mobile browser to Firefox. The latest iteration of Firefox for Android offers the same Tracking Protection feature as found on the desktop version (and the setup is the same as well). Refer to my previous post to learn how to set up Tracking Protection in Firefox.
Mobile privacy takes a giant step forward with Do Not Track and Tracking Privacy. If you're concerned with security and privacy, you would be remiss to not look into one of these options.
Which side of the privacy fence do you fall? How do you protect data on your Android device? Let us know in the discussion thread below.
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