How to turn advanced protection on and off in Google Chrome on all phones and PCs. Internet security can be deceptive. You encounter tons of threats while browsing the web. And while your favorite web browser can protect you from most attacks, it can’t protect you from all threats unless you allow it. To protect you from such threats, browsers like Chrome have introduced so-called advanced protection.
There are two types of Enhanced Security Mode: Standard Security Mode (enabled by default) and Enhanced Security Mode, a slightly more advanced level of Safe Browsing. We will talk about what enhanced security in Google Chrome means and how to enable it in this article.
What is advanced security in Google Chrome
Enhanced Protection Mode keeps you safe from websites, downloads, or extensions harmful. When enabled, it essentially allows Chrome to access your online activities and act proactively. Chrome will use this data to predict and alert you to any dangerous event before it happens by constantly checking and analyzing uncommon URLs and sample website pages in real time.
Enabling Advanced Protection also increases the security of other Google apps (such as Gmail, Drive, etc.) that you may be using. It will provide enhanced protection based on a comprehensive view of threats against your Google Account. For example, if Gmail detects spam with an incorrect link, Advanced Protection sends the information to Chrome if you click it. Additionally, if any of your saved passwords are compromised in any data breach, Chrome will notify you.
By default, the Chrome browser comes with standard protection configured, which is enough just to alert you to potentially malicious downloads, sites, and extensions. If you’ve decided to increase your online security, here’s how to enable enhanced protection mode on the mobile and web versions of Google Chrome.
How to activate advanced protection in Google Chrome for Android
Previously, safe browsing was only accessible through Chrome Flags for Android. Well, not anymore, because the feature has finally been incorporated into Chrome’s privacy and security settings. Read on to find out how to enable advanced protection in Google Chrome for Android.
- Open the Google Chrome app on your Android. Use the three-dot menu in the upper right corner to open the settings.
- Under Basic, tap Privacy and security. Now go to Safe Browsing.
- Then select the Advanced Security option. You can tap the arrow next to find out more.
Google Chrome also offers enhanced security mode for iOS devices. Here’s how you can activate it.
- Launch Google Chrome on your iPhone. Tap the three-dot menu icon to choose Settings from the list.
- Go to Google Services. Turn on the switch next to Safe Browsing and tap Done to save your changes.
For the top version of Google Chrome, here’s how to enable enhanced protection mode.
- Open Google Chrome on your PC. Now click on the three-dot menu icon at the top right to access the settings.
- Go to the Privacy and Security tab and click on Security.
- Finally, select the Advanced protection option in Safe Browsing.
Whether you want to enable advanced protection or not, we recommend that you run the built-in security checker frequently to protect yourself against data breaches, bad extensions, etc. Here’s how to perform a security check in Google Chrome.
- Launch Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon at the top to open the settings.
- Use the left pane to access the Privacy & Security tab. In Security Check, click the Check Now button to start a quick scan.
Once complete, Chrome will suggest changes based on the scan results. If necessary, follow the recommended steps and you should be safe.
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When browsing online on Chrome, you had better take care of your system security. Turning on Advanced Protection in Chrome is the right thing to do, especially if you browse the web a lot and like to use extensions.