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Google Chrome has gained a new security mechanism to prevent access to dangerous websites. The browser will start crawling and blocking pages with suspected cybercrime tactical homographic scam that deceives users with familiar portal-like URLs, such as "go0gle", for example. The news was released as an update to Chrome 75, the latest version of the Google program on the computer that arrived at the beginning of the month.

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Chrome's new function protects against URL tricks Photo: Playback

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The Chrome feature compares a URL typed in the address bar with the history of websites the user has visited to see if there are any slight differences in characters. "If the URL (typed by the user) is similar and is likely to mislead or confuse the user, the browser displays a warning to help protect it," Chrome Product Manager Emily Schechter said in an interview with Softpedia technology.

You can bypass the block and access the site anyway, or automatically change to the correct address in case of a typo. Mistakes like this run the risk of bringing the user to a malicious website that could infect the machine with malware. Malicious scams often target banking or e-commerce sites in order to mislead the victim and divert money from a possible transaction or purchase.

Warning of suspicious website in Chrome 75 Photo: Divulgao / GoogleWarning of suspicious website in Chrome 75 Photo: Divulgao / Google

Warning of suspicious website in Chrome 75 Photo: Divulgao / Google

Google has also launched Suspicious Site Reporter, a new Chrome extension that helps report suspicious phishing sites. According to the company, pages with confirmed abusive behavior will be part of a database that will help block future access, whether by Chrome users or other browsers in the market.

The plugin is available for free download from the Chrome Web Store, and users can use it to indicate URLs of suspicious phishing sites to expand Google's database and implement the site blocking tool.

In addition to the suspicious access warning, Chrome 75 also debuted a "read mode" in browser experiments, so that users hide unnecessary elements of website layout when reading text. The new version of the browser has even enhanced Chrome Remote Desktop, Google's tool for remotely accessing computers, which is now accessible through a plugin and website.

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