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4 Chrome Extensions To Protect Online Privacy

4 Chrome Extensions To Protect Online Privacy

Google’s Chrome browser has many powerful extensions to enhance and secure your browsing experience. If Chrome is your default browser, you should install the following four extensions to protect your online privacy:

Disconnect

Disconnect

    Disconnect curates and blocks third-party resources involved in tracking user’s browsing activities across multiple sites and web apps. As the redundant resources are blocked, web pages load faster. It also visualizes the blocked tracking resources, and hence saved time & bandwidth.

    Do Not Track for Chrome

    Do not track

      Do-Not-Track is an opt-out mechanism which lets users set their own preferences. Although Chrome has built-in settings to enable or disable the Do-Not-Track HTTP header, you can install this tiny extension to enable it quickly without messing up the browser settings. Sadly, the Do-Not-Track preferences are ignored by many big companies including Google and Facebook.

      Keep My Opt-Outs

      Keep My Opt-Outs

        This extension has been developed and maintained by Google, and enables users to opt-out of personalized advertising and behavioral data tracking. It is probably the best way to opt out of online behavioral advertising methods used by many companies, which show advertisements on the basis of user’s browsing and search history.

        Don’t Track Me Google

        Don't track me Google

          Whenever you search and click any result link on Google, your click is recorded by Google for measuring link conversion, and may be for other undisclosed statistics. This small but quite useful extension, Don’t Track Me Google, removes Google’s tracking URLs and hides the referral information.

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          Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

          Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

          Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

          Does technology have all the answers?

          This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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          Creating technological solutions transparently

          This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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          Technology as the connecting tool

          Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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