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Google Chrome now offers phishing protection in real-time, the company said on Tuesday.
Figuring out if the link you clicked on is legitimate can be extremely difficult -- if you don't think so, take this quiz and see how many phishing pages you can spot. For the rest of us, Google is offering real-time checks on potential phishing links through its Chrome browser, the company announced Tuesday.
Hacking - Method - Attackers - Usernames - Passwords
Phishing is a common hacking method in which attackers steal usernames and passwords by tricking victims into clicking on malicious links and then typing in their login credentials. The malicious pages can be an exact copy in some cases -- tricking even seasoned political operatives.
Between July and September, Google sent more than 12,000 warnings about state-sponsored phishing attacks targeting its users in the US. According to Verizon's annual cybersecurity report, phishing is the leading cause of data breaches, and Google said in August that it blocked about 100 million phishing emails every day.
Links - Emails - Advertisements - Messages - Apps
But phishing links don't just come in emails: They can also appear in malicious advertisements, or through direct messages on chat apps. For those of you using a Chrome browser, Google is launching an extra level of protection against phishing through real-time checks on site visits.
You can turn it on by enabling "Make searches and browsing better" in your Chrome settings.
Protection - Chrome - Safe - Browsing - Mode
This protection was already available for Chrome's Safe Browsing mode, which checked the URL of every website visited and made sure it was not on Google's block list. The block list is saved on devices and only...
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