Turn on Google Chrome’s Enhanced Mode NOW — or it might cost you

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED about your online safety while surfing the web, this Google Chrome tool can help you.

At the push of a button, the browser can help you browse the web more carefully through a series of additional security checks.

Google Chrome's enhanced Safe Browsing mode protects you from hackers

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Google Chrome’s enhanced Safe Browsing mode protects you from hackersPhoto credit: Getty

However, the software tool called Enhanced Safe Browsing has some disadvantages.

It’s worth considering these before jumping straight into it. Read on to learn more:

What is Enhanced Safe Browsing in Chrome?

Enhanced Safe Browsing gives Chrome users an extra layer of protection to keep them safe from the more dangerous corners of the web.

It offers warnings about malware, risky extensions, phishing, or websites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe websites.

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There are three levels of Google’s Safe Browsing mode: no protection, standard protection, and enhanced protection.

Unsurprisingly, Advanced Protection offers the highest level of protection.

Once activated, you will receive automatic warnings about potentially risky websites and downloads, as well as warnings about compromised passwords.

Chrome also checks the safety of your downloads and warns you if a file might be dangerous.

You can then send this file to Google to scan it for extra security.

However, the downside is that Chrome sends additional data to Google about your web activity.

Some may find this a small price to pay for extra security, while others may find it a sacrifice they are unwilling to make.

Here’s how to turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing

You can turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing in your Google account settings.

  1. Open Chrome on your PC or Android device.
  2. blow More (three horizontal dots top right)
  3. Click or tap settings (grey gear icon)
  4. Beat privacy and security > Safe browsing.
  5. Select Enhanced Safe Browsing.

Disadvantages of Improved Safe Browsing

If you use enhanced Safe Browsing, you automatically agree to share more data with Google.

The search giant collects more data about what you download and which websites you visit.

When you’re signed into Chrome, your Google account is temporarily linked to your browsing data.

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According to Google, this data is anonymized and helps adapt protection measures to your specific situation.

Despite this, anonymized data, such as your search history, can be linked to publicly available data with social media profiles, according to research from Princeton and Stanford Universities.

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