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Slackware-13.37-Hacks-Google Chrome 12 Hardening

Posted 07-15-2011 at 06:02 PM by arniekat

Google Chrome 12 Web Browser Hardening

Source - Google-Chrome README.txt

These are the settings I use on Google Chrome, however you may go more stricter or looser with your security settings depending on your needs. I tend to disable any passwords saved, suggestions for searches, etc. Also, you can remove a lot of junk by using a HOSTS file (see the Hosts File How-To) which will disable banners, ads, click-trackers, etc.

The packages you will need to install before repackaging the Google-Chrome Debian Binary are available from the /extra folder on the DVD or from a Slackware Website. Install the following packages:

GConf-2.32.1
ORBit2-2.14.19
google-chrome-pam-solibs-1.1.3

Within the same /extra directory, you will find a google-chrome.SlackBuild and a slack-desc file. Place these in a convenient directory. Also place in the same directory either the 32-Bit .deb or the 64-Bit .deb file of Google Chrome. It will be one of the following:

google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

You can download it from:

http://www.google.com/chrome

NOTE - You will need to accept the terms before you can download Google Chrome. As of the date of this posting, the Google Chrome Version is 12.0.742.124. The version number will be set automatically for you by the SlackBuild script.

The Wrench Icon is at the upper right-hand side next to the URL area. Left-click this icon. Then select Preferences.

WRENCH ICON > PREFERENCES > PERSONAL STUFF SECTION

Passwords > Never Save Passwords CHECK
Autofill > Enable autofill to fill out web forms in a single click UNCHECK

WRENCH ICON > PREFERENCES > UNDER THE HOOD > PRIVACY > CONTENT SETTINGS BUTTON

Cookies > Allow Local Data To Be Set CHECK
Cookies > Ignore exceptions and block third-party cookies from being set CHECK
Cookies > Clear cookies and other site and plug-in data when I close my browser CHECK

Location > Do not allow any site to track my physical location CHECK

Within the Content Settings, you can also change the settings for Images, Java Script, Plugins, Popups and Notifications. Since I left the defaults, I don't show them here, but you can change them if you wish.

Click the "X" in the upper right-hand corner to close the dialog box.

WRENCH ICON > PREFERENCES > UNDER THE HOOD > PRIVACY > CLEAR BROWSING DATA BUTTON

You need to manually select what to clear.

Obliterate the following items from: the beginning of time

Clear browsing history CHECK
Clear browsing history CHECK
Empty the cache CHECK
Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data CHECK
Clear saved passwords CHECK
Clear saved Autofill form data CHECK

Click "Clear Browsing Data" button

WRENCH ICON > PREFERENCES > UNDER THE HOOD SECTION

Privacy > Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors UNCHECK
Privacy > Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar UNCHECK
Privacy > Predict network actions to improve page load performance UNCHECK
Privacy > Enable phishing and malware protection UNCHECK

Translate > Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language I read UNCHECK

CLEARING OUT BROWSER HISTORY

Wrench Icon > Tools > Clear all browser data
Or
SHIFT+CTRL+DELETE

You will see a new tab with the same choices listed above.

INCOGNITO BROWSING

During Incognito browsing, webpages will not appear in your History, downloads will not appear in your Download History, and Cookies are not saved on your computer when you end the Incognito session. Extensions are disabled in Incognito Browsing Mode.

Wrench Icon > New Incognito Window
Or
SHIFT+CTRL+N
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