Tech giant, Microsoft, is bringing its antivirus protection to Chrome, as a browser extension meant to add an additional layer of protection for Chrome users as they browse online. The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Google Chrome not only alerts users about known malicious links, but also directs them back to safety, and is powered by the trusted intelligence found in its Microsoft Edge browser.
According to the firm, the extension, which is available for free, protects its users with a 99 percent rate of efficiency and effectiveness against phishing, and malicious websites, through its real time protection features.
Google Chrome is already a safe browser with similar protective features for its users, which also sends alerts in the event that a user stumbles upon or goes to a malicious website, or may have clicked on a link laden with malware that can seep into their computers.
However, Microsoft insists that its service is a much better option compared to what Chrome offers users. The company went ahead to share a comparison from a report by security firm NSS Labs, which found that Microsoft Edge browser blocked up to 99 percent of phishing attacks, compared to Google Chrome’s 87 percent, and Mozilla Firefox’s 70 percent.
It seems there’s a current trend by tech and software firms upping the ante on users’ safety and privacy. Just last month, Firefox launched a new extension dubbed Facebook Container, with an aim to make it hard for Facebook to track users’ activity outside of its network.
Similarly, Czech-based antivirus giant, Avast, released a new version of its web browser dubbed Avast Secure Browser, meant to protect users’ data, while enhancing security and privacy.
Windows Defender’s Chrome extension is said to run in tandem with Google’s built-in security features, which may just be the strongest combination when it comes to a much safer browsing experience for users.
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