How to Use Safety Check in Google Chrome

Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a checkup to secure your web browsing.

Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a checkup to secure your web browsing. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices running Google Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10 PC

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First, launch the Chrome web browser on your Windows 10, Mac, Chrome OS, or Linux computer and click the three-dot (hamburger icon) located in the top-right corner. Refer to below image:

Selecting the hamburger icon

Next, click on Settings from the drop-down menu. See below image:

Selecting the Settings option

Now, scroll down to find the Safety Check section and click the Check Now option. See following image:

Selecting the Check Now option

Next, Chrome will kick off the Safety Check test. Depending on how much browsing data you have, this can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. When finished, just click the Review option by any listing. Refer to below image:

Selecting the Review button

In this process, Chrome scans a total of four core modules to look for any malicious code. It will make sure that the browser app is on the most recent version for protection against the latest internet viruses and that all of your installed third-party extensions are harmless. It will also check whether any of your saved passwords have been compromised in a data breach and that Safe Browsing, a setting that warns you against suspicious sites, is enabled.

Once the Safety Check is complete, Chrome will pull up shortcuts for anything that may need your immediate attention, such as reviewing compromised credentials.

After running Safety Check on my PC, it found comprised passwords. See below image where we are displaying three of them:

Viewing Comprised Passwords

After taking the recommended steps, you can also run the Safety Check again to ensure that your new security settings are active.

There’s another feature you can use by switching on Enhanced Safe Browsing, an advanced mode that allows Google to assess your browsing for potential threats and suggest privacy-focused improvements. However, we do not recommend using this option because you are choosing to share a copy of your browsing data with Google.

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