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Google Chrome Users On Apple MacOS Get Enhanced Safe Browsing Protection ( 55

BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: As more and more consumers buy Mac computers, evildoers will have increased incentive to write malware for macOS. Luckily, users of Apple's operating system that choose to use Google Chrome for web surfing will soon be safer. You see, the search giant is improving its Safe Browsing initiative to better warn macOS users of malicious websites and attempts to alter browser settings. "As part of this next step towards reducing macOS-specific malware and unwanted software, Safe Browsing is focusing on two common abuses of browsing experiences: unwanted ad injection, and manipulation of Chrome user settings, specifically the start page, home page, and default search engine. Users deserve full control of their browsing experience and Unwanted Software Policy violations hurt that experience," says Google. The search giant further explains, "The recently released Chrome Settings API for Mac gives developers the tools to make sure users stay in control of their Chrome settings. From here on, the Settings Overrides API will be the only approved path for making changes to Chrome settings on Mac OSX, like it currently is on Windows. Also, developers should know that only extensions hosted in the Chrome Web Store are allowed to make changes to Chrome settings. Starting March 31 2017, Chrome and Safe Browsing will warn users about software that attempts to modify Chrome settings without using the API."
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Google Chrome Users On Apple MacOS Get Enhanced Safe Browsing Protection

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  • by Camembert ( 2891457 ) on Thursday March 02, 2017 @06:03AM (#53960677)
    It would be good if Chrome would filter out all popups advertising that horrid MacKeeper crapware.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      It would be good if Chrome would filter out all popups advertising that horrid MacKeeper crapware.

      You can solve that problem by activating Chrome's built in 'safe search' porn filter ** ducks **

      • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

        Hardly. Lots of low-quality ad services serve those crapware ads. And sites that don't have lots of traffic can't get access to any of the decent ad services because they don't qualify. The result is that every small site has to choose between no ads or that garbage. I tried enabling third-party advertising on my website. The experiment lasted exactly ten seconds until I got the first ad. Now, apart from individually vetted Amazon ads, I don't touch third-party advertising. The quality is just way t

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Google is one of the major evildoers. I would never install their spyware on my machine.

  • ... would be not to allow the user settings to be changed by javascript in the first place! What clueless head in the clouds dreamer thought it was a good idea in the first place?

    • Honestly, IMO, as a general rule no javascript or web page content should be able to change anything outside of its own content and display. I think browsers should do away with anything that allows a page to change settings, resize windows, create popups, or anything else. If you want a link to open in a new window, you can right-click on it and say, "Open in New Window".

      I know some web applications make use of some of these features in valid ways, but they should just find a different design for those

  • From someone that manages computers, not being able to do things like set the default homepage would be a problem for me. Windows admins can change things like this using Group Policy. That doesn't "use the gui" but I bet it still works with chrome.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb