Google Chrome blocks malicious web address tricks, lets you flag suspicious sites

CNET | 6/18/2019 | Stephen Shankland
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Google added two new Chrome security features Tuesday: a warning about website addresses with suspiciously substituted characters and a tool that lets you report suspicious websites. The moves augment a feature called Google Safe Browsing built into Chrome, Android, Gmail and other services designed to keep you from opening malicious websites.

The character substitution detector -- a bigger problem nowadays with expanded character sets offering more ways to fool you -- works by comparing the exact text in a website link you're clicking with the text of similar websites you've visited in the past, Emily Schechter, a Chrome product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday. That feature will arrive with the newly released version 75 of Google's browser.

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Google also released a Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter that lets you report sites you think are dangerous to Google. You won't see any immediate change, but as with reporting spam in Gmail, your actions can become part of useful crowdsourced data that helps Google and anyone using Safe Browsing.

"You can install the extension to start seeing an icon when you're...
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