How to Change the Privacy Settings on Your Family’s Web Browser

Your family’s web browser is a key location to ensuring the digital privacy of your family. Websites install cookies on your browser that track what you and your children do on that computer.

Some cookies are helpful, such as those that offer the ability to save passwords so you don’t have to re-enter information every time you visit a site. Other cookies, however, are placed on your computer to track all your actions on that web browser with the purpose of selling that information to advertisers.

You may wish to prevent cookies from being installed on the home computer used by your children so that online advertisers can’t track the browsing habits of your kids. You can easily change the privacy settings on your web browser to not allow cookies to be installed. Typically, this setting can be found in the Tools section of your browser, but the location is slightly different in each web browser.

Chrome privacy settings

To locate the privacy settings in Chrome, take the following steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu in the upper right of your Chrome browser.

  2. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

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  3. Click the Show Advanced Settings link at the bottom of the page.

    The Settings page expands to reveal numerous advanced settings. In the Privacy section, you can then opt in or out of allowing Chrome to

    • Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors.

    • Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar.

    • Predict network actions to improve page load performance.

    • Enable phishing and malware protection.

    • Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors.

    • Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google.

    • Enable AutoFill to fill out web forms in a single click.

    • Offer to save passwords entered by you on the web.

    • Send a Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic.

You can also elect to edit content settings by clicking the Privacy section’s Content Settings button. You can choose cookie-related options, including blocking third-party cookies and site data, and designate whether images appear on web pages.

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Another option is to clear browsing data by clicking the Privacy section’s Clear Browsing data button. On the menu that appears you can delete cookies that have been placed on your computer’s web browser.

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Safari privacy settings

The Safari web browser also allows users to edit security settings. From the Home screen of your iOS device, select Settings, and then Safari.

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From the Safari settings page (you might have to scroll down to see all options), you can

  • Enable or disable anti-phishing.

  • Enable or disable private browsing.

  • Set whether Safari accepts cookies.

    Choose from the following:

    • Never

    • From Visited

    • Always

  • Enable or disable JavaScript.

  • Clear browser history.

  • Clear cookies and data

Internet Explorer privacy settings

To access privacy settings on the Internet Explorer web browser, take the following steps:

  1. Click the Tools button (or gear icon) in the upper right of your browser.

  2. Choose Internet Options from the drop-down menu.

    The Internet Options dialog box appears.

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  3. Click the Privacy tab of the Internet Options dialog box.

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  4. Using the slider, choose from the following settings:

    • Accept All Cookies

    • Low security, which does the following:

      Blocks third-party cookies that do not have a compact privacy policy

      Restricts third-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent

    • Medium security, which does the same things as Low security but also restricts first-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.

    • Medium High security, which does the same things as Low security, but also blocks first-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.

    • High security, which does the following:

      Blocks all cookies from websites that do not have a compact privacy policy

      Blocks cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent

Also from the Privacy tab, you can elect to never allow websites to request your physical location.

Firefox privacy settings

Firefox Internet browser users may change their privacy settings by taking the following steps:

  1. Click the Firefox button at the top left of your browser.

  2. Click on Options in the window.

  3. Choose the Privacy panel.

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On the Privacy panel that appears, you can select the following privacy settings:

  • Not allow websites to track your online behaviors.

  • Select from the following histories that affect your browsing, download, form and search history, and cookie settings:

    • Remember history

    • Never remember history

    • Use custom settings for history

  • Alter the location bar settings.

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