Microsoft and Google offer two ways to improve security on Google Chrome browser

by Alice Woods - -

Windows Defender Browser Protection is about to improve users' security on Google Chrome

Google and Microsoft are seeking to improve Google Chrome

Windows Defender is a well-known security software developed by Microsoft. Initially, it was introduced together with the release of Windows 8 as a full anti-virus software and replaced its predecessor – Microsoft Security Essentials.

Several days ago, Microsoft introduced a new extension for Google Chrome – Windows Defender Browser Protection. Its primary goal is to block malware infections and stop people from getting tricked by scams, phishing emails,[1] and similar online dangers. It works by using a special scanner containing an extensive list of malicious web addresses. If user is about to visit one of these domains, it will be blocked before he or she manages to access it.

Google Chrome already has the built-in protection of a similar type. Thus, one might ask why would additional security be needed. Microsoft stated[2] that MS Edge (which has a built-in Windows Defender) is 99% effective against phishing attacks, in comparison to 87% Google Chrome's and only 70% Mozilla Firefox's.

Windows Defender Browser Protection is now available in Google Chrome web store[3] for those who seek extra security online.

Google changes its cookies policy that come from HTTP connections

It seems that Google is also very concerned when it comes to privacy issues and cyber attacks. Thus, the software giant decided to reduce the lifespan of cookies on Chrome that come from HTTP connections.

The change is mainly aimed at advertising companies that use invasive techniques to display ads. It is a well-known fact that some software, such as adware,[4] might pose security and privacy risks. Thus, Google hopes that developers will start sending cookies via HTTPS connections instead.

Typically, the lifespan of a cookie coming from insecure connections can reach no more than one calendar year. With Chrome 70 release (scheduled to launch in October 2018), Google plans to reduce the lifetime of a cookie to just a few days.

Google is also planning to mark HTTP connections as not secure starting in July this year[5] as HTTPS-based realms prevent intrusive hacker attacks that might expose personal information via an unsecured link.

The change will not affect regular users

Google engineers guarantee that the impact of the change will not affect users in any way, especially when cookies are relatively fragile pieces of information that can be evicted at any time. Thus, there will not be any compatibility issues.

Nevertheless, the ones who will definitely notice the difference are large advertising networks that send cookies via unsecured channels on a large scale. It will not prevent information tracking in general, but will reduce risks of involving unauthorized access to personal information or other data.

Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.


Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Shares the knowledge about computer protection

Alice Woods is a security expert who specializes in cyber threat investigation and analysis. Her mission on Ugetfix - to share the knowledge and help users to protect their computers from malicious programs.

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