In order to make it easier to detect suspicious downloads and extensions, Google is working to enhance protection in Enhanced Safe Browsing mode in the Google Chrome browser.
The company introduced Enhanced Safe Browsing mode in the browser in 2020 to add an extra layer of security and provide better warnings against phishing sites.
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The company is now adding new features centered around add-ons and downloads.
And if you’ve turned on Enhanced Safe Browsing and are about to install an extension from the Google Chrome Web Store that isn’t part of a trusted list, you’ll see a popup telling you so.
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Currently, about 75 percent of add-ons are considered reliable. And developers need to commit policies Google Chrome Web Market Developer Program in order for the extension to be considered reliable.
New developers also need to abide by the rules for at least a few months before they are considered reliable.
And if you see the dialog saying that you should proceed with caution, this does not necessarily mean that the extension you are about to install is not safe. But its developer may have been recently through the store or it may have just recently committed a simple policy violation.
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Google Chrome Enhanced Protection:
In addition, Enhanced Safe Browsing has increased protection against malicious downloads.
And when you download a file, Google Chrome first uses Google Safe Browsing analysis to determine if it’s potentially suspicious.
If Safe Browsing thinks a file is risky, but isn’t obviously unsafe, you see a warning if Enhanced Safe Browsing is activated.
The warning asks if you want to examine the file for a more detailed analysis.
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Google Chrome browser can then download the file. Once you check it you see another warning if Safe Browsing thinks it’s unsafe.
You are still able to bypass the warning and open the file. But that will be at your own risk. Any files uploaded to Safe Browsing are deleted soon after they have been scanned.
The new scan option is offered in addition to the existing metadata checks that Google Chrome performs on downloads.
Google says: It is rolling out these features starting with version 91 of the Google Chrome browser, the version released late last month.
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