Privacy and security are major concerns when it comes to web browsers. Google has a number of built-in tools in Chrome that try to make browsing more secure. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool, and we̵
What is Enhanced Safe Browsing?
Safe Browsing is a list of dangerous URLs maintained by Google and used to protect users from malicious sites. Enhanced Safe Browsing builds on this feature with some additional tools.
When Enhanced Safe Browsing is turned on, Chrome will share even more browsing data with Google. This allows threat analysis to be more accurate and proactive, although it is a privacy concern in itself.
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According to Google’s description, Enhanced Safe Browsing allows:
- It predicts and warns you about dangerous events before they happen.
- It keeps you safe in Chrome and can be used to improve your security in other Google apps when you are signed in.
- It improves security for you and everyone on the internet.
- It alerts you if passwords are exposed to a data breach.
Enable Enhanced Safe Browsing in Chrome
Enhanced Safe Browsing is available for Chrome on desktop and Android. It is not available for iPhone and iPad. The process to enable it is very similar on both platforms.
First, select the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the Google Chrome web browser and choose ‘Settings’ from the menu.
Then go to the “Privacy and Security” section of the settings.
Click on ‘Security’ on the desktop. On Android this is called ‘Safe Browsing’.
Select the radio button to turn on ‘Enhanced Protection’.
That is it! You won’t notice anything else during your daily browsing, but you are now better protected. In case something is wrong, Google Chrome will give you a warning.