Google Taking More Steps to Protect Against Nefarious Ads
Google today said it is expanding its Safe Browsing protection to further keep people safe when browsing the mobile web. Specifically, Google is now targeting social engineering attacks, which often trick users into downloading unwanted software or revealing personal data by looking like the device's native software. Google will go after ads that pretend to "act, or look and feel, like a trusted entity — like your own device, or browser" and those that attempt to "trick you into doing something you'd only for a trusted entity" such as sharing a password or phone number. Google turned on Safe Browsing in Chrome on Android devices by default last year. This improvement in Safe Browsing will add another layer of protection for mobile surfers.
Review: RhinoShield Playproof and Crashguard
RhinoShield has some inexpensive Apple iPhone cases for sale that claim to offer big protection with a minimal footprint. The Playproof case and Crashguard bumper do keep your phone safe, but perhaps not as safe as you might wish.
Google Debuts 'Trusted Contacts' Personal Safety App
Google today made a new app available to Android devices that lets people share their location with others during emergencies. The app, called Trusted Contacts, simplifies the process of adding friends and family as emergency contacts.
Google Targeting Unwanted Redirects In Chrome
Google plans to add new safety features to its Chrome browser over the coming weeks that will address user complaints regarding several types of shady behavior. First, Chrome 64 will attempt to foil unwanted redirects.
Google's Trusted Contacts App Lands On iOS
Google today brought its Trusted Contacts app, available to Android devices since last year, to iOS handsets. Trusted Contacts lets people share their location with others during emergencies.