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How Google keeps you safe in Chrome without violating your privacy

Most of us should be familiar with Chrome’s Safe Browsing feature, which warns if you’re visiting a page that might be dangerous. It’s not like most of us are actively seeking out malware or phishing sites, but once in a while, some link on Reddit, an email, or some deep Search rabbit hole takes you to an unsavory place, and Chrome lets you know it might not be a good idea to proceed. I never really thought about it very deeply it, but I always assumed that the system worked because Google knew through Chrome which pages I was visiting and kept an eye out based on a list. That’s partly true, but it escapes one critical and interesting fact: The Safe Browsing system actually doesn’t tell Google which pages you’re on, preserving your privacy just a little more.

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