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How to Enable Do Not Track in Google Chrome for Increased Privacy

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The “Do Not Track” option is enabled by default in Windows 8’s Internet Explorer 10 and available in Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Notice one of the major browsers missing, like perhaps Chrome? Well it finally got the feature and we are here to show you how to enable it.

Enable Do Not Track in Chrome

The first thing you need to do is click on the Customize and control Google Chrome button.

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Then click on the Settings option.

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When the Settings page opens click on the Show advanced settings link near the bottom of the page.

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When the advanced settings expand, you will see the new Do Not Track option, go ahead and check the box to enable it.

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This will open a little message explaining what Do Not Track is, just click on the OK button.

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Once enabled I decided to run some requests through a local HTTP debugging proxy to see how the packets differ, you can see below that the browser will now add a new cookie called DNT with a value of 1 to all your web requests.

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Its also worth noting that its up to the site you are visiting to decide whether they adhere to the DNT cookie or completely ignore it, you can read more about how it works in this article. That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/9/12

Comments (6)

  1. rino19ny

    instead, you can force the sites not to track you by installing extensions like Ghostery, Disconnect, among other things.

  2. Cal

    option is not available in my chrome…

  3. ciggy

    Wow…didn’t know about Ghostery, thanks for posting about it rino19ny!

  4. Krejan

    Do Not Track Plus Extension

  5. Buggernuts

    @Cal…

    Make sure you have the latest version. I didn’t have it and checked Settings, About Google Chrome. I am now updated to Version 23.0.1271.64 m.

  6. Fred baker

    Ghostery is a Firefox add on, and I am quite impressed with it. it blocks Google Analytics, Yahoo Analytics, and tons of other tracking cookies. When you go to a website, it lists which cookies it blocked.
    Get Firefox, then go to your add ons. You can get Ghostery, Do Not Track Plus, and other add ons to enhance your privacy.
    Bear in mind that regardless of what Firefox blocks, your Internet Service provider can still monitor you.

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