Google Chrome’s new extension warns users about lookalike URLs

3 Feb 2019

Google recently developed a new extension to its web browser Google Chrome that warns users about lookalike URLs. The extension is aimed at reducing the risk to visit ‘typosquatted domains’ or phishing sites that imitate legitimate ones. Those sites often look like the real ones but are designed to steal visitor credentials and other sensitive information. The extension works as a dropdown panel under the URL bar and asks the user whether they intended to visit this particular website, redirecting to the right domain if there was a typo in the URL. The extension is not planned as a default feature for Chrome for at the moment.

 

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Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

 

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