How to Turn On Advanced Protection in Google Chrome for Mobile and PC

Internet security can be deceiving. You come across tons of threats while surfing the internet. While your favorite web browser can protect you from most of these, it cannot always protect you from every threat unless you allow it. To protect you from these threats, browsers like Chrome introduced the feature called Safe Browsing.

There are basically two types of Safe Browsing: Standard Protection mode (enabled by default) and Advanced Protection mode, a slightly more advanced level of Safe Browsing. In this post, we will talk about what Advanced Protection means in Google Chrome and how you can enable it. So let’s get started.

What is Advanced Protection in Google Chrome?

Advanced Protection mode protects you from malicious websites, downloads or extensions. When enabled, it essentially allows Chrome to access your online activities and act proactively. Chrome uses this data to continuously verify and analyze unusual URLs and sample pages of the website in real time, to predict and notify you of any dangerous events before they occur.

Advanced Security Chrome

Enabling Advanced Protection also increases the security of other Google apps you may be using (Gmail, Drive, etc.). It will provide advanced protection based on a comprehensive view of threats to your Google account. For example, if Gmail detects a spam email with a sketchy link, Advanced Protection will push the flavor information to Chrome if you click it.

Also, if any of your saved passwords are compromised by some kind of data breach, Chrome will notify you.

By default, the Chrome browser only comes with Standard protection, well-configured enough to warn you about potentially risky downloads, sites, and extensions. If you’ve decided to increase your online security, here’s how to enable Advanced Protection mode on both the mobile and web version of Google Chrome.

How to Enable Advanced Protection in Google Chrome for Android

Previously, Safe Browsing was only available through Chrome Flags for Android. Well, not anymore, because the feature has finally made its way into Chrome’s Privacy & Security settings. Read on to learn how to enable Advanced Protection in Google Chrome for Android.

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Stage 1: Open the Google Chrome app on your Android device. Use the three-dot menu in the upper right corner to open Settings.

Google Chrome Home Screen
Open Google Chrome Settings Android

Step 2: Under the basics, tap on Privacy and security. Now go to Safe Browsing.

Privacy and Security Settings on Android
Safe Browsing on Android

Stage 3: Next, select the Advanced protection option. You can tap the arrow next to it to learn more about it.

Advanced Protection for Google Chrome on Android

How to Enable Advanced Protection in Google Chrome for iOS

Google Chrome also offers Enhanced Protection mode for iOS devices. Here’s how you can enable it.

Stage 1: Launch Google Chrome on your iPhone. Tap the three-dot menu icon to select Settings from the list.

Google Chrome Home Screen for iPhone
Open Google Chrome Settings on Phone

Step 2: Go to Google Services. Turn on the switch next to Safe Browsing and tap Done to save the changes.

Google Services
i Safe Browsing on Phone

How to Enable Advanced Protection in Google Chrome for Desktop

Here’s how to enable Advanced Protection mode for the desktop version of Google Chrome.

Stage 1: Open Google Chrome on your PC. Now click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right to go to Settings.

Google Chrome Settings

Step 2: Switch to the Privacy and Security tab and click on Security.

Security settings

Stage 3: Finally, select the Advanced protection option under Safe Browsing.

Enable Advanced Protection in Chrome for PC

Bonus: How to Run a Security Check in Google Chrome

Whether you intend to enable Advanced Protection or not, we recommend that you run the built-in Security Checkup tool frequently to protect yourself from any data breaches, bad extensions, and more. Here is how to do security check in Google Chrome.

Stage 1: Launch Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon at the top to open Settings.

Step 2: Use the left pane to go to the Privacy and security tab. Under Security Checkup, click the Check Now button to run a quick scan.

Run Security Check in Chrome

Once complete, Chrome will suggest some changes based on the scan results.

Security Check Results in Chrome

Take the suggested steps if needed and you should be clear.

Safety first

While surfing online in Chrome, you’d better pay attention to the security of your system. Enabling Advanced Protection in Chrome is the right thing to do, especially if you surf the web a lot and love to use extensions. While you’re at it, be sure to check out these other security tips for Chrome.

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