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With this portable tool, your web browser goes with you

With this portable tool, your web browser goes with you
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Google Chrome quickly became one of the go-to apps for web browsing. Fast, responsive and packed with features, it didn't take long to challenge -- and perhaps supplant -- the likes of Edge, Firefox and Safari for many people.

One of the best things it offers is the ability to load your profile anywhere, meaning no matter what device you are on, your settings and all they entail can be at your disposal. But what if you are bouncing around from computer to computer and would rather not sign in and leave a trace of your presence? It's not exactly an enticing option.

Fortunately, if you are in the group of people who would prefer to have some level of browsing secrecy (and given how information gets leaked and stolen, we don't blame you), there is a way to have your Google Chrome without having to sign in on someone else's computer.

Chrome you can take with you

If you're not familiar with PortableApps.com, it is a site that offers pretty much what its name says: apps that you can take with you. One of them is Google Chrome, which you save onto a USB and take with you wherever you want.

While it is not exactly the same as the browser you run on your computer or maybe even on your phone, it is still highly functional and easy to use. Chrome Portable is a scaled-down version of what you are probably used to, but because it is slimmer, it is perfect for someone who is on the go and often uses public computers.

What does it do?

Because it is not actually on the computer, Google Chrome Portable will load up quickly and open webpages just as fast. Web apps will also run at a brisk pace.

Along with that, Google Chrome Portable was designed to be efficient and easy to use. You can search and navigate to webpages in the same box, and tabs can be arranged and organized however you want.

Oh, and if you enjoy personalizing your Chrome with themes, you can do that, too.

What doesn't it do?

Chrome Portable does not have a certificate manager, and instead uses Windows' certificates manager. That means any certificates you install while using Chrome Portable will stay with the device you are on and not go with you. With that in mind, it is best to not use any private certificates on a computer that is not yours.

The app also, by default, will not save passwords -- on the PC or in the app. However, there is an option to turn password portability on, which you do so by reading the help.html file.

In summary

Google Chrome Portable does not offer the amount of bells and whistles as the normal app, but that is by design. If you are looking for something familiar that will run smoothly and not leave your browsing history on a random computer, it is absolutely worth looking into.

To download the Google Chrome Portable, click the link inside the blue box below. If you're reading this article using the Komando.com app, you might not see the blue box. If not, click here to see it and download the app.

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