Some actions should be avoided when using Google Chrome to avoid compromising information security or PC performance. Recommendations include not allowing Google's browser to run in the background, enabling native browser protection, and not ignoring the suspicious red page alert that users can dismiss, and compromising data security.
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Because running a series of processes and consuming a lot of computer RAM during use, it is also not indicated, for example, to open many tabs at the same time or to use various browser extensions that can cause slowdowns and crashes. Here's seven tips on what not to do in Chrome to ensure a better browser experience.
Actions can preserve data performance and security when using Google Chrome Photo: Melissa Cruz / TechTudo
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The more tabs open at the same time, the more data Chrome processes, which can slow both your browser and your computer. Ideally leave only the tabs in use open and eliminate those that are in stand-by or ordering heavier processes.
By accessing Chrome's native Task Manager, you can find out which tab is consuming the most memory. To do this, open the three dots menu, go to More Tools and select Task Manager. Then select the unwanted tabs and press End Process to close them.
Chrome Task Manager lets you end heavier processes Photo: Reproduo / Andr Sugai
2. Use suspicious extensions
Although they seem harmless and offer differentiated and useful features, extensions can pose a danger to information security. Some of them can monitor a user's online behavior, even privately or using VPN, insert advertisements that lead to malicious programs downloading, as well as obtain personal data such as login and passwords. To ensure a secure extension, check the origin, developer origin, and permissions you are granting for that app. Also, remove suspicious or unusable plugins in your browser.
3. Proceed to suspicious pages after red browser alert
Alerts indicate that pages contain malicious content Photo: Playback / Google
Chrome alerts the user when the page they are about to access may contain harmful content. The red warning appears in the browser even before the page is loaded, but gives you the option to ignore the message and proceed to the site. Skipping this step may endanger the security of your data, as Google identifies that there may be threats such as malware and phishing scams. The recommendation is not to follow the warning and always leave the page.
4. Save payment methods in browser
Fill in printed credit card details in Google Chrome Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
Chrome allows the user to create a browser profile sign-up to save payment data, making the online shopping process easier. With active service, it is possible to fill out credit card numbering forms automatically while paying on a website, for example.
Even with ease, storing sensitive data can make it easier to steal that information. According to Google, Chrome identifies when a site is unsafe and does not provide this information on that page. Even so, it is recommended to apply this data manually to each transaction, and use a good antivirus on the PC.
5. Configure browser to run even closed
Chrome can remain active even after it is closed. This option allows applications and extensions to continue to function, receiving updates and displaying background notifications. In addition to consuming PC memory, secondary activity can open loopholes that would not be possible with the browser permanently shut down.
To disable this option, go to the menu, go to Settings and select Advanced. Then in the System section, disable the Run background apps when Google Chrome is closed item.
Chrome lets you disable the option to run in the background Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
As with accessing multiple tabs, using too many extensions at the same time can overwhelm the browser. Often, some plugins you don't even remember are still installed and unused, taking up space and memory that could be free.
From the settings, you can hide programs from the navigation bar, enable and disable their services or delete unwanted items. To manage extensions in Chrome, go to the menu, then More tools, and select Extenses.
Chrome page displays all browser installed extensions Photo: Playback / Carolina Ribeiro
7. Browse without enabling browser protection
By using the Chrome Cleanup Tool to find software that impairs computer performance Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Chrome Cleanup is a native browser cleaning tool that can detect and remove malicious browser software such as extensions and add-ons. The function can also be used to remove pop-ups, invasive advertisements or pages that are randomly opened. To use Cleanup, go to the menu, choose Settings, and then go to Advanced. In the Reset and clear field, select the Clean up computer option.
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