Google Chrome will alert users when accessing “lookalike URLs” for mistyped domains

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Google Chrome may just have added one of the most effective feature to guard against accessing phishing sites. As reported by ZDNET, the world’s most popular browser Chrome is adding a feature that will help users to fight out sites with URLs that look exactly the same or similar to popular websites. Such sites, according to the report, must have deemed unsafe for users.

Usually, we have a situation where attackers try to steal credentials of their victims by means of phishing tactics. Oftentimes, victims of such moves don’t get to check for misspelt words prior to hitting the search or enter button. When this happens, they [users] are taken to the site of the attacker where they become vulnerable—losing their online credentials.

The feature, according to Catalin Cimpanu of ZDNET, has been in the works for a while, and will now be used to fight against those the practice of IDN homographs attacks, which is often used to lure users on websites they had no intention of accessing.

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Users can enable this feature through the flags in Chrome’s latest canary release. Typing chrome://flags/#enable-lookalike-url-navigation-suggestions brings up the relevant toggle. The feature, according to Google, is close to being officially released. That said, there is no information on when its stable version will be eventually released for everyone.

Once the new feature has been enabled, a new dropdown panel under the Chrome address bar, asking if you really want to type and access that URL deemed dangerous by Google due to its resemblance with the legitimate one.

A couple of months ago, Google introduced some changes to Chrome 70. The updates added the ability to use fingerprint sensor in the browser—drawing strength from the existing Android fingerprint sensors and MacBook Pro Touch ID sensors for scans.

The fingerprint sensor feature will further improve user privacy and make the browser even safer for users. It further confirms the belief that the Chrome browser is the most secure and most efficient among other top browsers available at the moment.

The update is not all about fingerprint sensor alone as Chrome 70 beta also came with a couple of other changes such as Web Bluetooth support for Windows 10. This feature will further add the ability to communicate with other Bluetooth enabled devices nearby.

A new experimental Shape Detection API was also introduced to Chrome by Google. This will allow users to identify faces, barcodes, and text in images, which include scanning QR codes.

When dialog boxes for things like payments, file pickers, or authentication prompts pop up, Chrome will automatically exit full-screen mode. This is to enable users have better context for decisions when prompts are being filled out.


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