This article was published on March 4, 2017

Chrome update brings added security for Mac owners


Chrome update brings added security for Mac owners
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

If you’re a Chrome user on a Mac, you’re in luck. Google is making it more difficult for malware to worm its way into your computer.

Google announced on its Security blog that it’s broadening the protections given by Safe Browsing for macOS devices.

It’s combating malware on two fronts: First, it’s working to eliminate unwanted ad injections — which are ads that appear in places and sites where there shouldn’t be any. Second, it’s getting rid of Settings Overrides — which typically hijack your default search engine or homepage.

The changes will roll out by March 31. Starting in April, you’ll see this screen if you come across an unsafe site on the internet:

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Malware isn’t as common on macOS as it is on Windows, but it does exist. Earlier this year, security researchers discovered two new viruses that exploited vulnerabilities long known among Windows users.