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Microsoft Windows Defender extension offers Chrome users extra protection

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Matt Ouellette
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If you’re a Chrome user, you’ll have one more choice this week for defense against phishing while you’re on the internet.

Even though Microsoft and Google compete in a number of areas — Windows 10’s Microsoft Edge browser is a direct competitor to Chrome — Microsoft is making nice with its frenemy by releasing its Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Chrome browsers.

Although solutions already exist for Chrome — Google, for its part, displays a bright, red screen whenever you visit a website suspected of phishing or scam — Microsoft claims that Windows Defender for Chrome is superior and can stop more threats.

When the company highlighted the merits of its Microsoft Edge browser, it noted that Windows Defender is 99 percent effective at thwarting threats.

In theory, with Windows Defender available as an extension and working in Chrome, Chrome users should benefit from the same level of protection as Microsoft Edge.

With Windows Defender engaged at the browser level, if you visit a malicious website, the screen will flash red, alerting you to navigate away.

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