Chrome 91 will bring risky extensions, file download warnings with improved safe browsing
Google is working on rolling out a set of new protections for users of Enhanced Safe Browsing on Chrome. Enhanced Safe Browsing was launched in 2020 with the goal of enabling users to browse the web securely. This feature is available in Chrome’s security settings and can be enabled at any time. Google claims that users who turned on Enhanced Safe Browsing were “35% less successful phished than other users.” With the new Chrome 91 update, Google will roll out new features to help Enhanced Safe Browsing users better choose their extensions, as well as provide additional protections against downloading malicious files from the web.
In a new blog post, Google says enhanced Safe Browsing on Chrome will now provide additional protection when you install a new extension from the Chrome Web Store. If you install an extension that is insecure or that is not on the list of extensions approved by Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome will display a dialog box to notify you. Google says that all extensions created using the Chrome Web Store Developer Program policies will be considered trusted by Enhanced Safe Browsing.
“For new developers, it will take at least a few months of meeting these conditions to become trustworthy. Ultimately, we strive for all developers with compliant extensions to achieve this status by meeting these criteria, ”the company explains.
In addition, the enhanced Safe Browsing will strive to provide better protection against downloading risky files. Google will perform a check on every file uploaded to Chrome and offer a warning if it is deemed risky. Chrome performs a first-level check with Google Safe Browsing using metadata about the downloaded file, such as the content digest and the file’s source, to determine if it is potentially suspicious. The warning will come with the option to scan the file further for further analysis. If this scan proves the file to be unsafe, users can choose to delete it. Of course, these warnings can be bypassed and a user can also open files without scanning.
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