Chrome may be fast but it has a reputation of invading privacy and possibly not doing what a browser is supposed to do but also spying on user data. Maybe linux could do a better job of limiting what chrome can do. But in old hardware I am forced to use windows xp and chrome browser as nothing else works satisfactorily fast. As a first layer of defence shadow defender plus sandboxie were introduced as recommended here against a wide range of threats. These also protect a truecrypt container where most data is kept, and this container is only accessed in fresh windows sessions that have no internet access. One idea against Chrome spying is to set up a firewall or gateway that intercepts all internet access and prompts before connecting to anything. So if an unexpected suspicious connection is attempted, you say on and block it and the spying is harder. Does anything like this exist? Is it practical? Another idea is to use a slow but trusted browser for google searching and manually copy the url of any slow site to Chrome. Maybe an opera or firefox addon for this exists? What other tactics can one use to defend against spying by Chrome?