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Surf the web more securely on Chrome for Android by activating Enhanced Safe Browsing

Surf the web more securely on Chrome for Android by activating Enhanced Safe Browsing

Google is already pouring tons of resources into helping us stay safe while we surf the web with measures like Safe Browsing for Chrome, and the company only recently introduced an enhanced version of this tool. It's widely available on desktops already, but it's only slowly rolling out on Android. If you want to get your hands on Enhanced Safe Browsing right away, there are two flags that will bring it to you.

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Google releases Chrome and Chrome OS updates to fix zero-day security exploit

Google releases Chrome and Chrome OS updates to fix zero-day security exploit

Browsers are complicated pieces of software, and each release of Chrome includes fixes to address security flaws discovered both inside and outside of Google. However, there are sometimes security flaws that are frequently exploited before fixes can be widely rolled out, which has just happened with Chrome and Chrome OS.

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Google confirms the Nest Secure has been discontinued

Google confirms the Nest Secure has been discontinued

Google released the Nest Secure in 2017 as a simple security system with motion sensors and a keypad, but it never received an upgrade, even as other Nest devices were updated again and again. Google has now confirmed to Android Police that the Nest Secure is discontinued, though it will continue functioning.

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This new technology may restore trust in photos and videos against the rise of deepfakes

This new technology may restore trust in photos and videos against the rise of deepfakes

We're in the early stages of a pretty serious problem. Faster hardware and software might bring us new tools to help with accessibility or bring AI-powered conveniences into the phone in your pocket, but they can also be used to mislead. Deepfakes might be humorously awkward right now, the subject of entertainment and really obnoxious Twitter ads, but they're going to be a bigger and bigger problem as both software and hardware get better. Worse, we're also losing the arms race to detect them. But there's another potential solution. A company called Truepic is working on a overly-witty-named feature called "Foresight" that promises to bring hardware-backed security to photos and videos.

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Say hello to a Nest smart video doorbell for $145 on Newegg ($75 off)

Say hello to a Nest smart video doorbell for $145 on Newegg ($75 off)

Nest products offer best-in-class integration with Google services like the Assistant, and the Nest Hello video doorbell is no different. When we reviewed it back in 2018, we awarded it our Most Wanted seal of approval. Now you can get a brand-new unit for just $144.99 on Newegg — but you'll have to act fast to get this deal.

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Nexx launches its solution for giving existing home alarm systems a smart upgrade

Nexx launches its solution for giving existing home alarm systems a smart upgrade

Smart home products are all the rage these days, but that doesn't mean "dumb" legacy alarm systems are obsolete. Nexx makes a variety of solutions that make things like garage doors and electrical outlets smarter, and now the company is turning its attention to alarm systems, delivering the power to arm, disarm, and self-monitor home security using a system that’s already installed.

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Google's Advanced Protection Program now offers improved malware detection in Chrome

Google's Advanced Protection Program now offers improved malware detection in Chrome

Google’s Advanced Protection Program gives users an extra security layer to protect their online accounts and data from prying eyes, especially useful for journalists, activists, and the like. For over a year, the initiative has alerted users of potentially malicious files downloaded through Chrome. Google is now taking that a step further to make the tool even more useful in identifying malware.

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Arlo's second-gen Video Doorbell is fixing the original's biggest limitation

Arlo's second-gen Video Doorbell is fixing the original's biggest limitation

Last year Arlo filled a conspicuous hole in its smart-home camera lineup with the introduction of its Video Doorbell. The video quality and feature set were pretty compelling, made all the more so by its affordable price. And while there were a few software shortcomings early on, updates ultimately addressed nearly all of our concerns. Really, the only real sticking point was that you needed an old, wired doorbell with a transformer for power and chime. Now Arlo's finally a battery-powered alternative with the new Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell.

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The latest YubiKey is the first to feature both USB-C and NFC

The latest YubiKey is the first to feature both USB-C and NFC

Yubico is praised as the maker of some of the best physical security keys currently out there, but the company isn't resting on its laurels. Today, it has announced the latest addition to its YubiKey 5 series, the $55 YubiKey 5C NFC. It can be seen as an advanced version of the regular 5C, and it's the company's first key to feature both USB-C and NFC, which might make it its most universal one yet when it comes to phones.

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Google is bringing Secure DNS to Chrome on Android

Google is bringing Secure DNS to Chrome on Android

The Google Chrome browser on desktop debuted a feature called Secure DNS a few months ago with version 85, and now the Android app is catching up. With Chrome 85, Google is extending support to the mobile app so users can get additional peace of mind while surfing the web.

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