Google has announced that it has added Safe Browsing feature to Chrome for Android. This was released as an opt-in feature for PC users back in 2013.
With the arrival of Safe Browsing feature, you may see a red-colored screen on your Android device when you visit a potentially dangerous site through Google Chrome browser. The same screen with a warning in bold font is already available if you are using Chrome on your desktop or notebook. It protects against malware, unwanted software installation as well as social engineering sites that can harm your device and steal your personal information.
“Google Safe Browsing has been protecting well over a billion desktop users against malware, unwanted software, and social engineering sites on the web for years,” Google Chrome and Safe Browsing teams wrote in a blog post. “Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended our protective umbrella to hundreds of millions of Chrome users on Android.”
Unlike its desktop version, Safe Browsing on Android mobile devices sends information “about the riskiest sites first”. This helps in preserving limited data access and delivering the most relevant information even on low speed networks. Also, the feature is tweaked to consume less memory and processing power on mobile devices.
The new Safe Browsing feature is available through Google Play Services and you can have a safer browsing experience using the same on Chrome version 46, which is so far the latest Chrome version. You can verify that the feature is activated on your Chrome for Android by going to ‘Privacy’ option through ‘Settings’ menu.
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