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Google to roll out new protection features for Enhanced Safe Browsing users in new Chrome update

Will now show risky extensions warning and file download warning only for Enhanced Safe Browsing users

The Internet has indeed made our life easier during the tough times when most from across the globe are working from home or browsing the internet for studying and for entertainment. And to make it a safer place for its users Google will be rolling out new features to Chrome for Enhanced Safe Browsing users which is available in the security settings of the browser. 

Google in its latest blog post announced the rollout of the new security features for Enhanced Safe Browsing users on Chrome. This feature was launched last year with the goal of substantially increasing safety on the web. The feature can be turned on in the Chrome security settings.

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According to the company, Enhanced Safe Browsing users are successfully phished 35 percent less than other users.  So it will begin the rollout of new protection features with Chrome 91 to Enhanced Safe Browsing users better choose their extensions, as well as offer additional protections against downloading malicious files on the web. The company says that with the integration of the Google Safe Browsing in 2020, the number of malicious extensions that Chrome disabled to protect users grew by 81 percent. So it will be offering additional protection when you install a new extension from the Chrome Web Store. When you do that a dialogue will inform you if an extension you’re about to install is not a part of the list of extensions trusted by Enhanced Safe Browsing. 

According to Google any extensions built by a developer who follows the Chrome Web Store Developer Program Policies will be considered trusted by Enhanced Safe Browsing.  Whereas for the new developers it will take about a few months to accept the conditions to become trusted. 

“Eventually, we strive for all developers with compliant extensions to reach this status upon meeting these criteria. Today, this represents nearly 75 percent of all extensions in the Chrome Web Store and we expect this number to keep growing as new developers become trusted,” the blog post noted.

Moreover, the company also strived to provide improved download protection to the Enhanced Safe Browsing against risky files. So now when you download a file Google will perform a first-level check with Google Safe Browsing using metadata about the downloaded file. The file which is deemed to be risky but not clearly unsafe, Enhanced Safe Browsing users will be presented with a warning and the ability to send the file to be scanned for a more in-depth analysis. Also when you send a file Chrome will upload it to Google Safe Browsing. After performing a scan using its static and dynamic analysis classifiers in real-time if the file is found to be unsafe Chrome will display a warning. However, you can bypass the warning and open the file without scanning. Whereas the uploaded file from Safe Browsing is automatically deleted after scanning.

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Komila Singhhttp://www.gadgetbridge.com
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