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Five Chrome tools for safe browsing | Browsers

Google Chrome is the browser that is present in 61% of computers in the world, according to the Statcounter. The software constantly receives new functions to improve the security of users on the network. Over the past few months, the program has gained ways of tracking threats more actively on the PC and on the web, in addition to mechanisms for protecting data trafficked by the machine on the Internet.

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Some of these features, however, are not activated by default or can be modified by extensions installed by the user. Here's how to use five security tools in Google's browser.

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1. Enable secure browsing

Chrome has a monitor that analyzes potentially dangerous pages as soon as the user accesses them in the browser. If the site has similar ones with known malicious links, the browser issues an alert and prevents loading. Although the feature is enabled by default, plugins installed by the user, or misuse of settings, can turn it off.

Step 1. To make sure that the function is enabled, access the settings and press "Advanced" on the footer;

Access the Chrome advanced settings menu Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesAccess the Chrome advanced settings menu Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Access the Chrome advanced settings menu Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Turn the key on next to Safe Browsing.

Enable Google Chrome safe browsing Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesEnable Google Chrome safe browsing Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Enable Google Chrome safe browsing Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Since September, Chrome has had a more advanced password manager that suggests difficult codes for the user to fill out entries on the web. The feature is important because it ensures that you will always have strong passwords on any website, making it difficult for potential attackers to work. In addition, as the browser remembers the information automatically, the only job you have to do is log in to your Google account before accessing your online accounts.

The function can be activated in the Settings passwords option. Then, press "Suggest strong password" when filling out registration forms.

Get strong passwords when filling out entries on the web Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesGet strong passwords when filling out entries on the web Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Get strong passwords when filling out entries on the web Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

3. Search the computer for viruses

Chrome has a native antivirus that can work in conjunction with the protection software you already have on Windows or macOS. The function actively operates in the background while the browser is in use, but it is possible to run manual scans as a way to prevent malware. To do this, access the settings and press the option Clean the computer.

Scan for viruses using Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesScan for viruses using Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Scan for viruses using Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

4. Block sites without HTTPS

Chrome allows, by default, any website to run JavaScript automatically, which can be dangerous on sites without a security certificate. To overcome this weakness, it is possible to use a function of the browser itself to block JavaScript content on all pages without HTTPS. In this way, you guarantee an extra layer of protection against possible code injection attacks.

Step 1. Access Chrome's advanced settings and select Content Settings. Then, select JavaScript;

Access JavaScript options in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesAccess JavaScript options in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Access JavaScript options in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Then, turn off the key to disable the feature and, in the Allow section, add https: // * (without quotes) to allow code execution only on sites with HTTPS.

Release JavaScript only on sites with HTTPS Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesRelease JavaScript only on sites with HTTPS Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Release JavaScript only on sites with HTTPS Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

5. Block pop-ups and ads

Released in Chrome since February, the ad blocking function prevents the display of intrusive advertising in the browser. While it does not reach most advertising banners, the feature is useful to avoid exaggerated pop-ups and other forms of excessive advertising on some sites. In conjunction with the pop-up blocker, the feature can not only protect the user from unintentional clicks, but also improve the overall browsing experience. To enable the functions, access the Content Settings menu and block the Pop-ups and redirects and Ads options.

Block pop-ups and ads in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesBlock pop-ups and ads in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Block pop-ups and ads in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves