Manage Chrome safety and security

For a more private and secure browsing experience, you can use Chrome’s safety features, like Safety Check and Safe Browsing.
Compromised passwords

If you notice an unfamiliar activity on your account or think that your password may have been compromised, change your password immediately. Learn how to secure a compromised Google Account.

To change your password from another site, follow the instructions in Chrome. Learn how to manage passwords.

Safe Browsing protection levels
With Google Safe Browsing, you get alerts about malware, risky extensions, phishing or sites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe sites. Learn how to choose Safe Browsing protection level.
Automatic Chrome updates
To make sure you're protected by the latest security updates, when available, Chrome can automatically update to the newest browser version. Learn how to update Chrome.
On-device encryption for passwords
Important: Make sure you’ve already set up on-device encryption. Learn how to set up on-device encryption.

Once on-device encryption is set up, you can use your Google password or the screen lock for compatible phones or tablets to unlock your password. This type of encryption means that only you have the key to unlock your passwords.

Run a Safety Check on an Android device

You can manage Chrome's safety and security with Safety Check. Safety Check searches for:
  • Compromised passwords
  • Safe browsing status
  • Available Chrome updates
  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More Organize and then Settings.
  3. Tap Safety Check and then Check now.
  4. If Chrome finds any issues:
    1. Tap the item with the issue.
    2. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Turn on Always use secure connections

When a website’s URL has HTTPS, it can indicate a secure connection. Connections to sites that use HTTPS are more secure than those that don’t.

When you turn on Always use secure connections, Chrome upgrades URLs to use HTTPS and displays a warning before you visit a site that doesn’t support it.

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More Organize and then Settings and then Privacy and security.
  3. Under “Security,” turn on Always use secure connections.

Tip: When you’re about to load a site that doesn’t use HTTPS in its URL, you'll find a “Not Secure” warning in the address bar.

Use a secure connection to look up a site’s IP address

When you visit a site, Chrome looks up the site’s host server’s IP address. To protect your privacy and security, if Secure DNS lookup is turned on, Chrome encrypts your information during the lookup process.

By default, Secure DNS in Chrome is turned on in automatic mode. If Chrome has issues looking up a site in this mode, it'll look up the site in the unencrypted mode.

You can select a custom provider. When you select a custom provider, Chrome won't default to unencrypted mode. If you have issues, like error messages, you can check your provider setting or turn Secure DNS off. The error messages may say that the server’s IP address couldn't be found.

Important: If your device is managed or parental controls are turned on, you can’t use Chrome’s secure DNS feature.

To turn Secure DNS on or off:
  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More Organize and then Settings and then Privacy and security.
  3. Under “Security,” tap Use secure DNS.
  4. Turn on or off Use secure DNS.
  5. Select your current or another service provider.

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