Google Chrome users can now benefit from one of the few advantages Microsoft Edge offers over the competition. This is because Microsoft has released its Windows Defender Browser Protection—which is already a part of Edge—as a Chrome extension.
While Microsoft Edge is a solid browser—and an improvement over Internet Explorer—plenty of Windows users still prefer Chrome. So, rather than leave them out in the cold, Microsoft is offering up its anti-malware technology to Chrome users.
Microsoft Protects Chrome Users From Malware
Chrome users can grab the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension from the Chrome Web Store. And it essentially means Chrome users will be adding an additional layer of protection over and above that already offered by Google.
The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension works by checking the websites you’re visiting against a list of malicious URLs Microsoft maintains. If you’re heading into danger, the extension will alert you with a red warning screen, and lead you back to safety.
So there's a phenomenon I have noticed at big companies where people you don't care about call pointless meetings just to remind you they exist
Anyway "Windows Defender", a part of Windows 10 I didn't know existed, just popped up a notification to tell me it didn't find anything
— mcc (@mcclure111) April 16, 2018
Windows Defender Browser Protection should protect you against phishing attempts by websites designed to trick you into revealing personal information. It should also help you avoid websites known to be hosting malware that you’ll be prompted to download.
Unfortunately, due to the way this extension works, installing it means allowing Microsoft to view your browsing history in realtime. If that bothers you, then steer clear. If you’re OK with Microsoft knowing you watch cat videos all day then go for it.
Is Microsoft Edge Worth Another Look?
This may seem overkill when Google already offers similar protections against malicious websites. However, we already know Microsoft Edge is the best browser at stopping phishing attacks. So it would make sense to add Edge’s capabilities to Chrome.
Even if you don’t install the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension, this could pique your interest about Microsoft Edge. And to help you out we have compiled a list of things Microsoft Edge is good for , as well as the biggest problems with Microsoft Edge .
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