Being the most popular browser in the world must be quite cool; software with a celebrity status, who would’ve thunk it? But being in that super-bright spotlight attracts a lot of attention, and not always the good kind. Popularity for software means a lot of users, and that means any vulnerability can mean compromising millions of users, rendering that fantastic spotlight into a target for cyber crime. While the talented team over at Google Chrome work tirelessly to ensure that the application is safe for users, most users do not practice good security themselves, allowing themselves to be more exposed.
Security and good safety practices aren’t down to software providers; it’s the user’s responsibility to keep themselves safe online. Think of it like driving a car, manufacturers will develop safety features like the seat belt but it’s down to the user to buckle up. The difference between car users and internet users is the legal requirement to wear a seat belt, ensuring that people do the right thing when they are tempted to take shortcuts. Unfortunately there is no law against using an easy-to-guess password.
When end users think about computer security, they think about running some antivirus. But in today’s sophisticated technology world, we have to go beyond that. There isn’t a single solution for online security, and it is a very user-reliant space, making it easy for criminals to target users that aren’t as aware of online safety practices.
In response to the increase in unsafe websites that love to go phishing ! , the Google Chrome team developed a way to warn users before they end up in trouble. It’s essentially an online roadblock. The app will tell users when they are about to enter a website that’s known for nothing but trouble, in the hopes that it keeps their users out of harm’s way. The Google Chrome Safety Check will also check all the saved passwords to ensure that they are secure and not been compromised, and always check your browser extensions to make certain that they are safe to use.
How do I get this?
Now that you understand how the Google Chrome Safety Check works, we know that you will want this on. First, you’ll need to install Google Chrome if you don’t already have it installed. Simply open your Chrome browser, go to Settings and click on Safety Check. In a matter of seconds, Google Chrome has checked that it’s up to date, check that your passwords are secure, ensure that Safe Browsing is on, and ensure that you are protected from any harmful or high risk browser extensions
It’s not fool-proof and users still have to do their part, but it does help mindless internet browsing; the type that delivers you down into a threehour Youtube rabbit hole? The combination of roadblocks of known phishing websites and insecure passwords will help in the long run.
Running a Google Chrome safety check regularly will ensure that you are protected as you navigate the internet. Remember, the internet is a great tool but cyber criminals are rampant, so always be vigilant. Keep safe online, kids!
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