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Microsoft brings Windows Defender browser extension to Google Chrome

Microsoft prides itself on the security provided in its Edge browser, as well as that offered by Windows Defender to protect Windows against cyberattacks. Now, the company is combining its browser-based security with Defender by bringing Windows Defender Browser Protection to Google Chrome.

Windows Defender Browser Protection extension is available as a free download from the Chrome Web Store. According to the listed description, the extension protects your computer against threats such as phishing and websites that trick your machine into downloading and installing malicious programs which can harm it.

Microsoft accomplishes this by checking the URL of an opened website with its own database of malicious links. If the URLs match, Windows Defender Browser Protection presents a red warning screen to the user and offers them "a clear path back to safety with one click."

It is important to note that given the extension's ability to check every URL with Microsoft's database, it is essentially sending your entire browser history to the company in real-time. That said, this shouldn't be a cause of worry to most because Microsoft's business isn't built on advertising, and the extension itself will likely be beneficial for your computer.

You can download the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension from the Chrome Web Store here.

Via: WalkingCat (Twitter)

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