Basically Google Chrome has evolved over time and get attacked through many ways. User can be attacked through a malicious plugin or through email clients.
Hence, we will look some features Of Google Chrome and its associated risks:-
The Plugins is regarded as a piece of software that get plugged into your browser to provide more features. For example, Adobe Flash Player is used for various online videos or games. Owing to its usage, its prime target of attackers. A plugin is something that can’t be uptodate cause, serious vulnerabilities like buffer overflow, remote code execution etc. It can be used as malware by its hackers, once get downloaded into user machine.
Java is a programming language that is used for developing various active content for any websites. It provide Java Applet that can be used to provide interactive and rich features to the application that cannot be provided by HTML alone. JVM (Java Virtual Machine) that is used to run the Java application.
- You should type “chrome//plugins” into your search bar.
- Just look for “Java Plugin” and click on “Disable” link that lies next to it.
Active X is a software program that is developed by Microsoft and most commonly used in Windows Operating system. It is used to enhance user browsing experience by allowing animation on the website. It is used by attackers to install more malware, pop-up ads and will interfere your browser and system performance.
Cookies are the files that placed on your local machine in order to store data for specific websites. It contains session ID, and some other credentials for accessing the site, user preferences and any other sensitive information that were related to the specific website. Hence, an attacker with physical access to your computer will access and obtain your sensitive information.
By default, most of the browser enable support for scripting, that can lead to multiple vulnerabilities like Cross-Site Scripting, Cross-Site forgery etc.
Browser Security Features includes:-
Its most primitive step to keep your browser up to date with latest security patches. Some older versions of Google Chrome have several vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely. But now, by default Google Chrome have this Auto update features. It will update automatically to latest version and ask for browser restart.
Phishing and malware protection (Google Safe Browsing) :-
Phishing malware are most common concerns among web users. This feature checks the visited website against a list of known bad websites that is stores in your PC. If the respective website you visited, matches the list, your browser displays a warning message. Hence, anti-malware features prevent its Google Chrome Users from visiting malware sites. This function also embedded by default in Chrome.
Sandboxing enables an additional layer of security that is designed to provide a restricted environment around each process of the browser. In Google Chrome, every application or site you open in your browser is separate and independent process. As it is already inbuilt into Google Chrome.
The websites you visit uses your physical location using your browser’s geo-location features. Based on your location, it will show you local or specific advertisements to you. This “Location” feature allow you to configure your browser and instruct websites not to track your browsing data.
The Pop-Up Blocker is another important feature that will prevents your Google Chrome Browser from opening additional web browser windows or pop-ups without user permission. Malicious websites can use pop-up Windows to share malicious software.
Best Practices for securing your browser includes:-
- Always keep your browser updated and patched.
- Always keep your operating system and application up to date.
- User should download content from legitimate sources.
- Use minimal plugins and keep them updated.
- Change your default configuration of browsers after installing.
- Avoid downloading malicious files from unknown sources.
Google Chrome allows you to connect through world wide web, but it open us to serious vulnerabilities. It can be an entry point for attacker. Hence, you should secure your browser. Thus, you should always take steps to reduce probability of getting compromised, that will save your time and provide usefulness in many ways.