Want to erase what a website knows about you? You can in Chrome

Google’s popular Chrome browser entered the year with a new update. Before celebrating its 100th version (and breaking websites in the process), it added some useful privacy settings.

When you visit a website, a wealth of data about you is stored in so-called cookies. These contain details such as browser version, the computer you are using, and connection information. It is possible to delete these cookies, but it can be laborious.

The new update, however, has made this a lot easier. Read on to find out how the latest Chrome update incorporates better privacy controls.

Here is the backstory

Released a few days ago and being rolled out worldwide, Chrome 97 packs a punch in terms of new privacy features and bug fixes. The most interesting change is how you can control what details websites can store about you.

In previous versions of the browser, you could delete individual cookies from a website. If you visit a website often, there may be many cookies, each of which must be deleted manually. But now, with an update to privacy and security settings, you can delete all cookies from a website at once.

The update also fixed several security vulnerabilities and fixed 37 vulnerabilities. Fortunately, only one of the flaws has been marked as critical, while there are a few high severity feats and a handful of mediums.

What can you do about it

It’s always a good idea to keep your browser up to date with the latest version. Open the browser and click on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner to do it for Chrome.

Hover your mouse over it To help and select About Chrome. If the update is available to you, the browser will automatically start downloading and installing the latest version. You will need to refresh your browser once it is installed.

To use the new cookie deletion function:

  • Open your Chrome browser after installing the latest update.
  • Click on the three-dot menu button then click Settings.
  • In the left panel, click Security and confidentiality.
  • From the options displayed, click Site settings
  • Under Recent activity, click View permissions and data stored on sites.

This will bring up a list of all the websites you’ve accessed, sorted by most visited. By clicking on the drop-down arrow to the right, you can see the individual cookies stored by the website.

You can dig a little deeper into what the website has access to by clicking on the arrow. This will list things like your location, camera, or microphone. These permissions can be revoked and the cookie deleted.

To remove all cookies from a website, click on the three-dot menu next to the website name and click Erase data. Press the Clear in the context menu to confirm.

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