Did you know that 60% of phishing sites are only operational for 10 minutes?
Yes, you read that correctly. Only five minutes.
This shocking number emphasizes how quickly cyber threats evolve and how critical it is for us to remain ahead of the game.
Phishing sites are fraudulent websites that attempt to fool you into entering your login information. Or to trick you into downloading malware.
The idea is that cyber criminals drive huge amounts of traffic to them… scam people… then take down the site before it can be detected.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could spot these threats before they vanish into thin air and pop-up elsewhere? Well, Google Chrome has a trick up its sleeve to help us do just that.
Consider this: you’re operating a business, always on the go, making split-second choices. You unintentionally visit a website that appears… weird. But you don’t freak out. You’re using Google Chrome, which analyzes websites you visit for dangerous URLs.
But wait a minute. Google updates its list of harmful websites every 30 to 60 minutes. That 60% of phishing domains that are online for under 10 minutes may evade detection.
Enter Google Chrome’s new security tool, Enhanced Safe Browsing.
Chrome turned it on for everyone as part of a recent upgrade. URLs will now be checked in real time against a list of domains. Consider it a cyber bodyguard capable of detecting and neutralizing threats in real time.
Google has stated that Enhanced Safe Browsing will continue to provide capabilities such as deep file inspections and protection against harmful extensions.
So, does this imply that Google will remember every URL you visit?
Yes, indeed. However, while this new function does share all visited URLs with Google, the data will not be utilized to power other services, such as advertising. It’s a compromise between security and privacy. Isn’t it worth having an extra layer of security, given the rising sophistication of cyber threats?
We say embrace these new tools and stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals. After all, the safety of all our businesses depends on it.
If you need additional support protecting your business from phishing scams – or anything else – get in touch.