Gmail Boosts Security: Urges Users to Activate Enhanced Safe Browsing

Google has been putting Enhanced Safe Browsing front and center in the Gmail apps for the past few days.

The biggest benefit for Gmail users is getting “additional protection against phishing,” which is right above their inbox on Android and the web. “Turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing to protect yourself from dangerous emails even more.”

We first saw this message on Friday, and it’s seeing a wide rollout. Google touts:

  • Provide real-time security scanning to warn you about or block dangerous websites, downloads, and extensions.
  • Improve Google’s ability to detect and protect against phishing and malware for you and everyone on the web.
  • Give you better protection from dangerous links across Google apps.

In other security news, Google announced today that “70% of Google Accounts owned by people who regularly use our products have automatic second-factor authentication that confirms their identity when a suspicious sign-in is detected.” The company hopes that more people will use Passkey.

Safe Browsing

Enhanced Safe Browsing has been around for three years. It was first launched in Chrome. As of 2020, the normal, non-enhanced version works by comparing the URL of the sites you visit to a local list that is downloaded and updated every 30 minutes. A lot of other apps and websites use this list.

Google made Enhanced Safe Browsing because “sophisticated phishing sites” were getting around the update time. “Uncommon URLs” are sent in real-time to see if you’re about to visit a phishing site. Chrome also sends a “small sample of pages and suspicious downloads,” and Gmail, Google Drive, and other apps you’re signed in also to send data.

Later, Enhanced Safe Browsing grew to include warnings about Chrome apps, in-depth file analysis, machine learning models, and the ability to be used in Chrome for iOS.

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