While browsing online in Chrome, you may give a slew of permissions to websites to access your webcam, location, camera, and send notifications. You can view permissions given to and data stored across sites in Site Settings of the Chrome browser. Chrome soon may allow Safety check to alert and reassess permissions removed from websites and sites that sent too many notifications.
By default, in Chrome, websites require your consent to send notifications and seek access to the camera, microphone, and others.
When comes to notifications, you can set Chrome to block notifications when they prompt (quieter messaging) and don’t ask to send notifications at all.
Similarly, you can manage site permissions and data stored by sites by visiting chrome://settings/content.
Safety Check Permission Modules
When you don’t visit already browsed websites for that long, it could be safe to revoke permissions given to those to protect your privacy and device.
Android 11 has features in place for the same. Chrome on the desktop is now adding the Permissions module to the safety check to alert you about Permissions you’ve gained for unused websites in the past.
Enable Permission modules for Safety Check in Chrome
- Open Chrome browser
- Visit chrome://flags
- Search for “safety check”
- And for “permissions Modules for notifications Safety check” and “Permissions Module for unused sites in Safety Check“, select Enabled and restart the browser.
After Chrome relaunch, visit Settings > Privacy and security > safety check
Chrome shows a message to review “Permissions removed from unused websites” and “Review sites that recently sent a lot of notifications“.
The removed Permissions may include access to the location, notifications, and background sync. and others
Note: The Chrome Safety check Permission modules feature is being tested in Chrome 107. You can enable and test it following the above instructions in Canary.
Till now Safety check examines your Chrome browser for harmful extensions, potentially unwanted programs, software, browser update, compromised and weak passwords, and Safe browsing tech and lets you know the results for you to act on. The feature is available for Chrome on Android as well.
Google is now adding another module to Safety check in Chrome to review Permissions removed from unused websites and sites that recently sent a large number of notifications.
This feature may take a while to appear and work in pre-release and public versions of Chrome.
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