Browser Safety and Security Checks
March 22, 2021

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Dear Colleagues,

Most modern browsers provide internal tools that allow users to make security checks that help with most common issues like:

  • Compromised passwords
  • Basic protection from dangerous sites and downloads
  • Keeping the browser up to date

Since Chrome represents the largest of the browser market share, instructions for Chrome shall be used in the following example. Links to instructions for Safari, Firefox, and Edge can be found under Other Top Browsers below.

Chrome

Chrome Safety Check offers the following services:

  • If you save passwords in Chrome, it notifies you if any of those passwords have been compromised and tells you how to fix them. 
  • It warns you if you are about to visit a dangerous site or download harmful applications or extensions. 
  • It provides a visual cue when the latest security updates are available. 
  • If it finds that malicious extensions have been installed, it will tell you how and where to remove them.

Manage Chrome Safety and Security

The following instructions work for computers, Android phones & tablets, and iPhones & iPads

  1. Next to the address bar at the top, click and select Settings.
  2. Under Safety Check, select Check now.
  3. If Chrome finds any issues:
    1. Select the item with the issue.
    2. Follow the instructions on-screen.

Other Top Browsers

Safari

Visit 5 Features in Safari That Boost Privacy and Security.

Firefox

Make sure to sign up for Firefox Monitor and read more about how Firefox’s phishing and malware protection works.

Edge

Visit Microsoft’s We take your privacy and security seriously for privacy and security features.

 

If you have any questions regarding this advisory, please feel free to email the Office of Information Security.