Google Chrome's new feature will warn users when they click on lookalike links

Google is stepping up its efforts to fight scams and phishing online by soon introducing a new feature in Chrome that will warn users of links that are masquerading as credible websites

Published Date
01 - Feb - 2019
| Last Updated
01 - Feb - 2019
 
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  • Google Chrome to introduce alerts for lookalike links
  • Available for Windows, MacOS, Linux and ChromeOS
  • Not available on mobile yet

Google is apparently testing a feature that will alert users every time they enter an incorrect URL, but more importantly, click on a lookalike URL. Phishing is a huge problem on the world wide web, and this is a clever way to help users from getting scammed.

The feature was apparently found in the newest Google Canary 70, the test version of Google Chrome. Canary or nightly builds of Chrome are where Google tests out upcoming features and one of them includes the ability to flag URLs. In order to activate the feature, all you have to do is paste the following code in the address bar

“chrome://flags/#enable-lookalike-url-navigation-suggestions” followed by selecting “enable” from the corresponding drop-down menu. Once enabled, the feature will throw up alerts every time you enter a misspelt URL. More importantly, if you accidentally end up clicking on a lookalike link whose sole purpose may be to install malicious code on your machine.

The feature will be available on Chrome for Windows, MacOS and Linux, but is not available on Chrome for Android or iOS, which is surprising as the need for a feature like this is just as important (if not more) on mobile. Of course, safety begins first with the user, so never ever click on links that you don’t recognise, especially from sources you do not know.

Related Read: Chrome OS to support multiple Google accounts soon

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