Google today launched a new Chrome extension that allows you to mark suspicious sites for inclusion in the company's Safe Browsing index, which is used by Chrome and a number of third-party browsers.
Additionally, Google also launches a new warning in Chrome that sets a roadblock before visiting a site that could potentially trick you into giving up your credentials or downloading malware.
Typically, Safe Browsing is automatically reviewed on the Internet and looks for suspicious websites. With this new extension you can mark sites that the system has not yet registered. The overall process is quite simple, and the extension allows you to include screenshots, the referral chain that led you to the site and the DOM content of your browser. You get to choose which one to send and the screen is off by default.
The extension also puts a flag in your browser bar that changes color based on how legitimate it is for a given site to be. Because it becomes orange to any site that is not a top 5,000 site, it is not as helpful a warning as it could be.
As for the new warning in Chrome 75, Google notes that it is supposed to keep you from visiting sites trying to trick you with misleading URLs (think "go0gle.com" and "google.com"). Chrome will now throw a full-screen roadblock to alert you to these sites.
"This new warning works by comparing the URL & # 39; one for the page you are currently on to the URLs of recently visited sites", the team explains. "If the URL is similar and may cause confusion or fraud, we'll display a warning to help you get back to security."