How to Report Phishing and Malicious Websites in Google Chrome

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It's now much easier to report "suspicious websites" in Google Chrome. The websites you want to report include phishing websites, sites hosting malware and other similar incidents. Google will use these reports to block websites for everyone.

This new official browser extension brings poor quality websites to Google secure browsing. It is a service used by web browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox to proactively block malicious websites. Every time you visit a website, your web browser verifies that it does not match a list of sites known to be defective and warns you if necessary. Think of it as an antivirus software with definitions, but it blocks the wrong websites.

You could previously report malicious websites by visiting the Google website. Report the phishing page form and entering the site address. You can still do it, but there is now a Chrome extension that makes it much faster.

To use it, install the Suspicious website reporter from the Chrome Web Store. After you install it, you can click the flag icon on your toolbar to report a defective website.

Chrome Suspicious Site Reporter Extension

The extension will allow you to choose what you want to submit: the URL of the website and your IP address are required. You can also choose to share a screenshot of the page, the DOM content (all the site's HTML code) and the referral string (which shows how you ended up on the suspicious site.)

Google may use these reports from Chrome users to proactively block these suspicious websites for everyone, hoping the web will become a better place.

The company released this Chrome extension on June 18, 2019. This feature goes hand in hand with other improvements against "disappointment" in Chrome, Including warnings about confusing URLs such as "go0ogle.com" in Chrome 75.

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