New Update Google testing new feature that blocks attacks against home networks

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Google is testing a new feature to prevent malicious public websites from pivoting through a user's browser to attack devices and services on internal, private networks.

More simply, Google plans to prevent bad websites on the internet from attacking a visitor's devices (like printers or routers) in your home or on your computer. People usually consider these devices safe as they're not directly connected to the internet and are protected by a router.

"To prevent malicious websites from pivoting through the user agent's network position to attack devices and services which reasonably assumed they were unreachable from the Internet at large, by virtue of residing on the user's local intranet or the user's machine," Google described the idea in a support document.
 

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This new feature being tested by Google for Google Chrome is indeed a significant step towards enhancing security for users' home networks. By preventing malicious websites from exploiting vulnerabilities to attack devices on internal networks, such as printers and routers, Google is aiming to provide an additional layer of protection for users.

The concept of pivoting through a user's browser to target devices on the local intranet or the user's machine is a common tactic used by cyber attackers. By leveraging the trust established within the local network, attackers can potentially gain access to sensitive information or compromise devices that are not directly exposed to the internet.

With this new feature, Google is taking proactive measures to mitigate such risks and safeguard users' devices and data. By blocking these attacks at the browser level, Chrome users can benefit from a more secure browsing experience, especially when accessing potentially risky websites.

It's important to stay informed about such security enhancements and ensure that your browser is up to date to leverage the latest protective measures. This proactive approach to security is crucial in today's digital landscape, where threats continue to evolve and target users through various vectors.
 

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