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How Google Chrome is keeping you safe from malware

Published Feb 24th, 2015 7:30PM EST
Google Chrome Malware Protection
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No matter how hard you work to ensure your private data stays safe, it’s impossible to account for every potential security threat, as most recently illustrated by Lenovo’s bizarre adware catastrophe. Thankfully, there are other technology companies that consider security a priority, which is why Google’s latest Safe Browsing expansion is worth highlighting.

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In order to protect users from downloading malicious software, Google has added an additional warning in Chrome when users visit any webpage where attackers “might attempt to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience.”

This bold, red warning coupled with the dialog box that appears before downloading a program could save a few reckless Chrome users from downloading unwanted software.

Google has also reworked its Search algorithm to identify dangerous sites and remove them from search results altogether so that users won’t accidentally click them. Google has even begun removing ads that lead to these sites. In other words, you’re going to have to do more work than ever to land on a site containing malicious software.

For more on the improvements to Google’s Safe Browsing technology, check out the Inside Search blog.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.