- Oct 1, 2019
The mobile browser is catching up with the desktop version.
Google is planning to introduce additional security measures for users of the Android version of Chrome. Mobile users will soon have access to some of the security checkup tools that are currently only available in the desktop version of Chrome.
Currently only available as a hidden setting in the experimental Canary build of Chrome for Android, the browser's Safety Check feature has landed in the mobile version of the app. This security tool performs important tests to ensure that your browser settings are optimally configured.
The feature lets you perform three checks to ensure that your browser is as secure as can be. The first test checks that you have the Safe Browsing feature enabled so you're protected against dangerous sites.
Second, Safety Check will scan the passwords you have saved in the browser to see if any have been compromised in a data breach.
Finally, it will check to see that you have the very latest version of Chrome installed so you have all of the latest security updates.
The Android version of Safety Check is slightly different to the desktop version, however. Ordinarily, the scan would check for see whether there are any dangerous browser add-ons installed, but as the mobile version of Android doesn't support extensions, this particular feature isn't necessary.