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 Alves
Step 2. Turn the key on next to Safe Browsing.
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 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 Alves
4. Block sites without HTTPS
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.
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 Alves