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Search suggestions in the Chrome browser can be a helpful tool for those who like using the Omnibox to find what they are looking for. But there is a drawback to this feature. As you start typing into the Omnibox, Chrome is sending data back to the search provider of your choice – whether you are using Google, Bing or Yahoo as your default provider. Fortunately, there is an easy way to turn it off.
- Go to tools
- Select Options (Preferences for Mac Users)
- In the Under the Hood tabs, the first section you see is privacy settings. To turn the search suggestions off, uncheck the “Use a suggestion service” option:
Now none of the information you type is being sent back to your search provider until you press Enter. Other browsers separate the search box from the URL box, but the feature being combined doesn’t change the privacy of the browser unless this particular feature is turned off.