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Google’s new extension for Chrome allows users to easily report on malicious websites

Jun 19, 2019, 10:41 am

In addition to providing one of the largest extensions platforms in the Chrome Web Store, Google also develops its own extensions. Sometimes, they are added to complement the websites of their services, while at other times the company launches them in order to improve the security of its users.

A Password Checkup was launched earlier in February so that the browser can warn when one of our passwords has been exposed, now the company has launched ‘Suspicious Site Reporter’, an extension that will allow the user to send reports to the Chrome secure browsing team when it detects that a webpage can be malicious.

‘Suspicious Site Reporter’ is designed so that Chrome users can communicate to Google that a website can have malicious purposes, such as cheating through phishing or installing malware on computers. The company wants its users to collaborate, but it does not leave them all the work.

The flag of the extension icon will be green if the browser finds no reason to doubt the web we are visiting at that time, or orange if it could potentially be dangerous. The problem is that the reasons to be marked as orange do not seem too strong, and just for not being in the ranking of the 5,000 most visited websites.

After receiving the report from the users, the Chrome Safe Browsing team will analyze the websites, and if they really find that the reported websites are problematic, they will be included in their list of deceptive sites. It will not make those websites inaccessible from the Chrome Browser, but it will warn the user with its classic red Safe Browser alert screen to prevent the users from visiting the website. Inclusion in the list will also cause other browsers to also display the red alert when visiting said websites.

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