Unfortunately, data breaches are becoming more frequent, and those using the dubious internet are the regular victims. Users that are affected are frequently encouraged to modify their passwords. Online dangers can now be identified in advance with the help of Google Chrome’s Enhanced Safe Browsing, and users can get alerts when their credentials are disclosed in a data breach. Enabling this online defense measure is a hassle because the feature is hidden away in Chrome’s Settings menu. Google is currently advertising it through the Gmail app, which has billions of users.
In essence, the popup serves as a reminder that Google has a proactive security mechanism against attacks, and pressing it takes you to a web page where you may enable the feature.
Turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing
According to 9to5Google, the promotional message appears immediately above the Gmail inbox on Android and the web. You can notice in the screenshots below the popup asking you to “Get additional protection against phishing” and “Turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing to get additional protection against dangerous emails.” Many Gmail users, including the author of this article and Artem Russakovskii, the creator of Android Police, have noticed a notification at the top of their inboxes in recent days with a reminder to enable the security feature.
While having to select “No thanks” if you’re not interested in the feature could be a little bothersome, it does save you a few keystrokes if you want to activate Chrome’s comprehensive security protection against risky websites, downloads, and extensions. Alternatively, you can go the long way by selecting Settings from the three-dot menu on Chrome for Android, then click the Privacy and Security tab. Then select Safe browsing to see all of your security choices, which include advanced protection, no protection, and regular protection.
It’s significant to remember that turning on this protection on one device affects the others as well. Enabling these protections, however, also gives Google access to comprehensive data about your browsing history. This is because your browsing history is momentarily associated with your Google account when you join Chrome. Google notes that this information is anonymized after a brief amount of time with the intention of customizing protection to your account.
Enhanced Safe Browsing: What Is It?
Real-time online protections are offered by Enhanced Safe Browsing, which was first implemented in Chrome three years ago. When you visit a website, the conventional, non-enhanced version compares the URL to a local list that is downloaded/refreshed every 30 minutes (as of 2020). Many other applications and browsers frequently make use of this list.
“Sophisticated phishing sites” were able to evade the update time, thus Google produced Enhanced Safe Browsing. Chrome sends a “small sample of pages and suspicious download,” while other apps you’re hooked into, like Gmail and Google Drive, also send “uncommon URLs” in real time to check whether you’re about to visit a phishing site.