Use Safe Browsing in Chrome

With Safe Browsing, you get alerts about malware, risky extensions, phishing or sites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe sites. Learn more about Safe Browsing protection in Chrome.

Change your Safe Browsing settings 

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, select More Organize and then Settings Settings.
  3. Select Privacy and Security and then Safe Browsing.
  4. Select the level of Safe Browsing you want to use.

Select a protection level

Enhanced protection

  • Gives you warnings about potentially risky sites, downloads, and extensions.
  • Automatically warns you about password breaches.
  • Sends additional info to Google about your activity. Learn more about safe browsing protection.
  • If Safe Browsing can’t confirm that a download is safe, Chrome warns you that the file may be dangerous. You have the option to send this file to Google to be scanned.

Standard protection

  • Gives you warnings about potentially risky sites, downloads, and extensions.
  • You can choose to get warnings about password breaches.
  • You can choose to improve security on the web for everyone by sending additional info to Google.

No protection

Safe Browsing is turned off.

  • Safe Browsing might still be turned on in other Google services, like Gmail.
Use a secure connection to look up sites’ IP addresses

When you visit a site, Chrome looks up the site’s host server’s IP address. To protect your privacy and security, you can turn on "Secure DNS lookup" to encrypt your information when Chrome looks up an IP address.

Secure DNS is enabled by default and configured to try Secure DNS with your current DNS provider. If Chrome can't find an IP address in this mode, it'll use Android's Private DNS, if configured, or try again in unencrypted mode.

You can also select a custom provider to encrypt your information. When you use a custom provider, Chrome doesn't use unencrypted mode or Android's Private DNS. If you receive a message that the server's IP address can't be found, check your provider settings or turn Secure DNS off.

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. Tap More Organize and then Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy and security.
  4. Turn “Use Secure DNS” on or off.

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