Monday, October 16, 2017

Google unveils new security protections in Chrome

Google has launched two new security protections – an upgrade to its Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome.

The new Security Checkup provides guidance to help users improve the security of their account.

"The Security Checkup is now a tailored guide to securing your data," said Google.

"When you visit the checkup, you'll see your security status – a green check mark means you're good to go, and a yellow or red exclamation point means there's at least one issue."

Google said Security Checkup will keep evolving as new threats arise.

Safe Browsing

Google is also improving its Safe Browsing feature in Chrome to better identify phishing attacks.

Chrome shows warnings for dangerous sites or dangerous files, but if a phishing site is created and used for an attack, the quickest scanners can't warn people fast enough.

"Safe Browsing's insights can now enable us to make predictions about risks in real time," said Google.

"We're using this knowledge to test new predictive phishing protections in Chrome."

When user types their Google account password into a suspected phishing site, Google will ensure their account isn't compromised.

"Those protections will apply even if you use a different browser afterwards."

"We plan to expand predictive phishing protection to all other passwords you've saved in Chrome's password manager."

Now read: Google upgrades Android instant apps

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