Earlier today, Google announced two new features to protect users from entering deceptive sites.
First of the two features, called Suspicious Site Reporter, is an extension which will make it easier for users to report deceptive sites. The extension will add an icon to Chrome’s toolbar to allow users to file a report for the current site. Emily Schechter, Chrome Product Manager at Google, said, “If the site is added to Safe Browsing’s lists, you’ll not only protect Chrome users but users of other browsers and across the entire web.”
In case you aren’t aware, Google Safe Browsing has been blocking attacks for a long time and several other popular browsers including Safari, Firefox and Opera are already using the Safe Browsing API. As a result, if you report a site that is engaging in suspicious activity, those using other platforms will also be safe. According to Google, Safe Browsing protects over four billion devices on a daily basis by showing warnings to people before they proceed to visit a dangerous site.
In addition to the extension, Google also introduced a new feature with Chrome 75. Thanks to the latest feature, users will receive a warning in case they are entering a site designed for phishing attacks. Schechter continues, “This new warning works by comparing the URL of the page you’re currently on to URLs of pages you’ve recently visited. If the URL looks similar, and might cause you to be confused or deceived, we’ll show a warning that helps you get back to safety.”