How to activate enhanced protection in Google Chrome for mobile and PC


Internet security can be deceptive. You encounter tons of threats while browsing the web. And while your favorite web browser can protect you from most of them, it can’t protect you from all threats every time unless you allow it. To protect you from these threats, browsers like Chrome have introduced what is called Safe navigation.

How to activate enhanced protection in Google Chrome for mobile and PC

Safe browsing mainly has two types – standard protection mode (enabled by default) and enhanced protection mode, a slightly more advanced level of safe browsing. We will talk about what hard protection in Google Chrome means and how you can enable it in this article. So let’s get started.

What is enhanced protection in Google Chrome

Enhanced Protection Mode keeps you safe from malicious websites, downloads, or extensions. When enabled, it basically allows Chrome to access your online activities and act proactively. Chrome will use this data to predict and notify you of any dangerous event before it happens by constantly checking and analyzing unusual URLs and sample website pages in real time.

Enhanced security chrome

Enabling Enhanced Protection also increases the security of other Google apps (such as Gmail, Drive, etc.) that you may be using. It will offer enhanced protection based on a comprehensive view of threats against your Google Account. For example, if Gmail detects spam with a summary link, Enhanced Protection transmits the tattoo information to Chrome if you click on it.

Additionally, if any of your saved passwords are compromised in any data breach, Chrome will notify you.

By default, the Chrome browser comes with standard protection configured, which is just enough to warn you about potentially risky downloads, sites, and extensions. If you’ve decided to improve your online security, here’s how to enable Enhanced Protection Mode on the mobile and web versions of Google Chrome.

How to activate enhanced protection in Google Chrome for Android

Previously, the Safe Browsing feature was only accessible through Chrome Flags for Android. Well, not anymore, because the feature has finally been incorporated into Chrome’s privacy and security settings. Read on to find out how to enable enhanced protection in Google Chrome for Android.

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

Google Chrome Home Screen

Open Google Chrome Android settings

2nd step: Under Basics, tap Privacy & security. Now go to Safe Browsing.

Android privacy and security settings

Safe browsing on Android

Step 3: Then select the Enhanced Protection option. You can press the arrow next to find out more.

Improved protection for Google Chrome on Android

How to enable enhanced protection in Google Chrome for iOS

Google Chrome also offers enhanced protection mode for iOS devices. Here’s how you can activate it.

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

Google Chrome Home Screen for iPhone

Open Google Chrome settings on my phone

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

Google services

Safe browsing on i Phone

How to enable enhanced protection in Google Chrome for Desktop

For the top version of Google Chrome, here’s how to activate Enhanced Protection mode.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome on your PC. Now click on the three-dot menu icon at the top right to access the settings.

Google Chrome Settings

2nd step: Go to the Privacy and Security tab and click on Security.

Security settings

Step 3: Finally, select the Enhanced protection option under Safe browsing.

Turn on enhanced protection in Chrome for PC

Bonus: How to perform a security check in Google Chrome

Whether you intend to enable enhanced protection or not, we recommend that you run the built-in security check tool frequently to protect yourself against data breaches, bad extensions, etc. Here’s how to run a security check in Google Chrome.

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

2nd step: Use the left pane to access the Privacy & Security tab. Under Security Check, click the Check Now button to start a quick scan.

Run security check in Chrome

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

Security check results in Chrome

Follow the recommended steps if necessary and you should be in the clear.

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When browsing online on Chrome, you had better keep your system safe. Enabling enhanced protection in Chrome is the right thing to do, especially if you surf the web a lot and like to use extensions. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out these other Chrome security tips.

Last updated on November 9, 2021

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