Windows Defender Browser Protection for Chrome

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It sounds weird but Microsoft released a free extension version of its Windows Defender anti-phishing product in the Chrome Web Store, to help you browse safer on Google Chrome.

According to an NSS Labs 2017 Report, Microsoft Edge browser blocked 99 percent of phishing attempts, compared to 87 percent by Chrome and 70 percent in Firefox. If that motives Microsoft to make its security product available for Chrome users, bravos.

Windows Defender Chrome Plugin - Windows Defender Browser Protection for Chrome

Windows Defender Browser Protection Chrome extension helps protect end users against online threats, such as links in phishing emails and websites designed to trick you into downloading and installing malicious software that can harm your computer.

When you navigate to a website that has been reported as malicious to Microsoft, you will see a red screen with a warning letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click.

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You can also turn the service on or off when needed, right from the extension’s options page.

Windows Defender Browser Protection Extension Options - Windows Defender Browser Protection for Chrome

The extension is not going to disable Chrome’s own built-in security protection. It’s meant to supplement it, adding another layer of safeguard using Microsoft’s own security technology.

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