Adjusting Content Settings on Your Tab 4 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

Chrome on your Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK allows you to make adjustments to content settings. To get to the page where you can adjust these settings, do this:

  1. Tap the Web icon on the Home screen.

    Or tap the Chrome icon within the Apps menu or any shortcut you may have created for Chrome.

  2. Tap the Menu icon in the upper-right corner.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. In the Advanced section, tap Content Settings.

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Accepting or declining cookies

Some websites leave cookies behind on your system. Some may be perfectly benign, like a reminder of the last page you visited on a complex site. Others may be not so innocent, like an attempt by an advertiser or other entity to track your movement around the web.

In theory, the cookies are anonymous. Your tablet is just a number to the cookie-dropper. However, if the cookie comes from a site that requires you to sign in, well then you’re not all that anonymous after all.

You can tell Chrome (and most other browsers) that you don’t want to allow cookies. The bad news is that some websites won’t allow you to get very deep into their content without being able to leave cookies behind.

It’s your decision. If you allow cookies, you also should regularly (usually daily, sometimes more frequently) clear them away.

Enabling or disabling JavaScript

JavaScript is a programming language that animates or customizes web pages. You can remove the check mark from the Enable JavaScript setting if you’d like. You may find that some websites will not run properly, or you may never notice the difference.

In the past JavaScript has been accused of causing problems on its own, or allowing itself to be hijacked by evildoers seeking to implant viruses or steal information or otherwise foul the swimming pool. That is less common today, and in any case a tablet running Android is, to some extent, less vulnerable to this sort of attack than is a desktop or laptop computer.

Block pop-ups

Among the many annoyances used by advertisers . . . to make a buck off of us innocent Internet users is a pop-up ad. It might appear in front of a news article that you want to read, or block an entertainment page.

Once again, there’s a potential downside: Some websites may not run right if you block pop-ups, and some pop-ups blast right through this protection anyway.

Protected content

This is generally a benign setting, and may not apply to all users. When you allow Chrome to use the Protected content setting, the site authenticates your device to confirm that it’s allowed to display certain content like music or videos. These providers place a special type of cookie, called a device credential, on your tablet or computer.

Location settings

If you’re going to allow yourself to become impressed by your tablet’s ability to help you find the nearest gas station or helium balloon-refilling station, you’re going to have to allow the browser to provide information to sites about where you are.

Your tablet has a GPS which can pinpoint your location to a few tens of yards in proper conditions; in addition to that, search engines are usually able to figure out your approximate location based on where your Wi-Fi router connects to the Internet.

Is this an invasion of your privacy? It probably is, but there’s not much you can do to avoid it except to not use a tablet or a smartphone or a telephone; I think the more important thing to concentrate on is working to limit the amount of other information you divulge to outsiders.

Other content settings

You can turn off Google Translate, which decodes foreign language websites for you, and also examine website settings, which are yet another form of cookies. If you see a site here that you don’t expect to revisit or don’t want visiting you, tap its name and then tap Clear Stored Data.