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 computer, open Chrome. 
  2. At the top right, select More Organize and then Settings
  3. Under “Privacy and security,” select Security.
  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.

Tip: If you use Standard protection but you want extra password protection, turn on Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach.  

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, 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 computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, select More More and then Settings.
  3. Under “Privacy and security,” select Security.
  4. Turn “Use Secure DNS” on or off.
  5. Choose your current service provider or from the drop down menu, select a custom service provider.

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