Editor’s Note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. This is our first post; see the second one here.
Security is top of mind for everyone these days, and with one troubling headline after another, you may be concerned about the security of your information online.
Rest assured: your Google data is secured by the best protections on the planet, and we’ll never stop improving them to ensure your information remains safe.
Today, we’re announcing two new protections to help you stay safer online—an upgrade to our Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome.
Personalized advice from your new Security Checkup
We’re rolling out a revamped Security Checkup, which now provides personalized guidance to help you improve the security of your account. Instead of the same, passive checklist for everyone, the Security Checkup is now a tailored guide to securing your data.
When you visit the checkup, you’ll automatically see your security status—a green check mark icon means you’re good to go, and a yellow or red exclamation point icon means there’s at least one issue for you to take care of. The checkup is now your personal security advisor—a useful sidekick that makes it really easy to keep your account secure.
The new Security Checkup will keep evolving as new threats arise—you can count on it to provide you with relevant, up-to-date security advice that you can use to keep your account safe. Take the new Security Checkup at g.co/securitycheckup.
Predictive phishing protection in Chrome
Google Safe Browsing has helped protect Chrome users from phishing attacks for over 10 years, and now helps protect more than 3 billion devices every day by showing warnings to people before they visit dangerous sites or download dangerous files.
Safe Browsing has always scanned the web for these dangerous sites. But, if a phishing site is created and used for attack moments later, even the quickest scanners can’t warn people fast enough. From our years of experience detecting phishing sites, Safe Browsing’s insights can now enable us to make predictions about risks in real time.
We’re using this knowledge to test new predictive phishing protections in Chrome. Soon, when you type your Google account password into a suspected phishing site, we’ll add additional protections to ensure your account isn’t compromised. Those protections will apply even if you use a different browser afterwards.
We plan to expand predictive phishing protection to all other passwords you’ve saved in Chrome’s password manager, and enable other apps and browsers that use Safe Browsing technology, like Safari, Firefox and Snapchat, to use it as well.