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  • Emma Lake Boydston

Chrome Enhanced Safe Browsing Mode

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, you have the option to enable a feature called “Enhanced Safe Browsing”. As the name suggests, this feature performs additional and more frequent security checks against the websites you visit and files you download. Why wouldn’t this be on as a default setting, you ask? Well, Chrome (and all modern browsers) already have plenty of safety checks built in, but Enhanced Safe Browsing requires you to agree to providing a lot more personal information to Google about your internet habits. If you don’t fully trust yourself to be smart online and don’t mind sharing additional data, turning this feature on may be a good idea. To do so, open Chrome and click the three-dot menu button in the top right corner, then Settings, Privacy and Security, Security, and select the circle button next to Enhanced Security.

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