GOOGLE Chrome has been called “the worst at detecting and blocking” a terribly common hacking attack.
The browser ranked lowest in a Which? investigation – and was called a “gift to fraudsters”.
Chromium is one of the most popular web browsers in the world with approximately 3.2 billion users worldwide.
But when it comes to spotting and stopping phishing attacks, Chrome may be falling short, experts say.
Rivals such as Microsoft Edge, Apple’s Safari and Mozilla Firefox were all better at the task than Chrome, according to the Who? investigation.
Phishing attacks are a simple hack that can have devastating consequences.
It’s when scammers trick you into handing over sensitive information.
This may involve impersonating an official website or bank via email, text or phone.
And it’s often an offer to get information that gives scammers access to your online accounts.
It could leave you with huge bills, an empty bank account, or under threat of blackmail and extortion.
Which ? The test involved searching the web addresses of 800 recently discovered phishing sites in each web browser.
And it also looked at whether top browsers were “too aggressive” on blocking sites, leading to false positives.
Google Chrome reportedly blocked access to only 28% of phishing sites on Windows and only 25% on Mac.
This was compared to Mozilla’s Firefox, which blocked 85% and 78% of phishing sites on Windows and Mac, respectively, according to the survey.
Microsoft’s Edge browser blocked 82% of attacks, while Apple’s Safari blocked 77%. Which ? said.
And Opera only blocked 56% of phishing sites – still more than Google Chrome, according to the report.
“It’s incredibly alarming that a huge company like Google allows the security of its users to be exposed in this way,” Which? said IT writer Lisa Barber.
“A gift for fraudsters who constantly try to use phishing attacks as a launching pad for scams that can have a devastating impact on victims.”
Lisa recommends being “vigilant when clicking on a link” and keeping your browser up to date to avoid hacking attacks.
Phishing sites are difficult to combat because they often appear and then disappear very quickly.
Who? says Google questioned the findings after receiving its findings.
A Google spokesperson told The Sun: “The methodology and results of this study warrant careful consideration.
“For more than 10 years, Google has helped set the anti-phishing standard — and provided the underlying technology for free — for other browsers.
“Google and Mozilla often team up to improve web security, and Firefox primarily relies on Google’s Safe Browsing API to block phishing – but researchers reported that Firefox offered significantly better phishing protection to that of Chrome.
“Browsers using the same technology for phishing detection are highly unlikely to differ significantly in the level of protection they offer, so we remain skeptical of the findings of this report.”
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