Google Chrome IP Protection Feature introduced by Google is its latest feature to protect user privacy. Users will be able to hide their IP addresses from websites with the help of this feature. This will make it difficult for websites to track users across the web.
Basically, this feature will route some of the user’s traffic through Google’s proxy servers. They will hide the user’s real IP address from the websites they visit. It will prevent malicious activities from happening and will make users feel more secure.
Google says that the IP Protection feature for Chrome will be enabled by default for a small group of users in the US starting in October 2023. The feature will be rolled out to more users later.
How Google’s IP Protection Feature will Work?
User traffic will be routed through Google’s privacy proxies.
These proxies will be located in different parts of the world.
The proxy will assign the user a different IP address for each website they visit.
This will make it much more difficult for websites to track the user’s browsing activity.
Google will not be able to see the user’s real IP address or the websites they are visiting.
The third-party proxy will only see the IP address of the Google proxy.
Even if a website can set a tracking cookie on the user’s browser, the cookie will only be able to track the user’s activity on that particular website.
User -> Google Proxy -> Third-Party Proxy -> Destination Website
The user’s real IP address will never get exposed to the destination websites. The third-party proxy only sees the IP address of the Google proxy, and the Google proxy only sees the IP address of the user.
What domains will be covered by the IP Protection feature?
IP Protection feature will only cover a small subset of domains. Google will expand the list eventually. The domains are:
Google-owned domains, such as gmail.com and youtube.com
A small number of other domains that are known to be used for cross-site tracking
Why is Google only covering a small subset of domains initially?
Google is only covering a small subset of domains initially because it wants to make sure that the IP Protection feature does not have to face any consequences. Also, Google wants to give users time to adjust to this feature. Google can get feedback from users and make sure that the feature is working as expected.
How to find out which domains are covered by the IP Protection feature?
Google will publish a list of the domains that are covered by the IP Protection feature on its website. You can also check the settings in your Chrome browser to see which domains are covered.
Can one request Google to add or remove a domain from the IP Protection feature?
Yes, one can request Google to add or remove a domain from the IP Protection feature. To do this, you can visit Google’s feedback page and submit your request. It will first review all requests and then update the IP Protection Feature.
Benefits of IP Protection feature
Increased privacy protection
Reduced risk of identity theft
Improved browsing experience
Drawbacks of IP Protection feature
May block legitimate websites
Overall, the IP Protection feature is a welcome addition to Chrome. It will give users more control over their privacy online. Let’s see what new features Google will introduce soon, till then stay connected with Oreonow.