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How to enable Chrome's Do Not Track option

Learn how to enable an extra measure of privacy offered by the latest version of Chrome.


Many Web sites collect data about you on each visit. This data is used for serving ads that meet your interests, or finding out which demographic is frequenting a specific type of content. In an effort to help you protect your online privacy, Google has added a new feature to Chrome: Do Not Track.

It's important to remember that this option is not going to protect you from Web sites that ignore the Do Not Track request, but it is a small step in the direction of protecting your personal details online. Read on to find out how to enable this option:

Note: This feature may not have rolled out to the Mac version of Google Chrome yet. As a substitute, try using Incognito mode. Thanks to the readers who pointed this out.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Click on the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner of the toolbar and choose Settings.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: At the bottom of the page that loads, click on Show advanced settings.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Step 3: Under the Privacy heading, check the box next to Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic.

Message about Do Not Track from Google. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you're interested in taking more steps to protect your privacy, consider checking out Rob Lightner's post "Five smart ways to keep your browsing private." Or, if you're looking for more serious options, check out Seth Rosenblatt's "How to delete yourself from the Internet."