Chrome fans get that syncing feeling again as Google moves to bolster browser protections

Google extended its Advanced Protection Program to include users who signed in to Chrome.

The company had already reinforced protection in its preferred applications last week, and this week the Chocolate Factory extended the scheme to Chrome.

Those who activate slurp synchronization in Chrome and have registered so that the program begins to enjoy stronger protection.

It is not clear why all Chrome users cannot enjoy the same protection. We asked Google, but we haven't received an answer.

Mountain View said: "While Chrome protects all users against malware, Advanced Protection users will get an even stronger level of protection."

That protection extends to additional warnings and blocking of potentially doubtful downloads.

Ostensibly aimed at journalists and politicians, the Advanced Protection Program (APP) requires the purchase of a pair of security keys (Google will happily sell you some) that eliminate the need for those annoying passwords and also identify the account that is It's syncing on Chrome as worthy of all those extra protections.

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That sense of synchronization when you realize that you can tell Google more than you thought

READ MORE [19659011] The service is free and raises the bar notionally set by AccountGuard of Microsoft, which aims to notify politicians about threats and account commitments. Microsoft will also suggest best practices.

Google, of course, has gone a step further by forcing users to get rid of passwords in favor of something a little harder to crack.

However, although the additional protection offered by Chrome is laudable, the fact that a user must log in synchronized to access is disappointing. The company, after all, had one or two disputes with users through mandatory logins.

Having synchronization enabled means that data (based on settings) such as bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings will be directed to Google will be synchronized on all devices. Ominously, Google will also use the data to "personalize your experience" if web and application activity is also activated.

It seems that to make Chrome a little more secure, you'll have to sign in if you like it or not. ®

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