One of the several ways to protect yourself from malware online is to be careful of the platforms or websites you download your files from. For example, downloading attachments from unknown senders or downloading executable files from dodgy-looking websites isn’t always a good idea.
However, considering that not everyone is so tech-savvy as to be able to distinguish a suspicious website from a legitimate one. Companies like Google are trying to do their part by helping netizens surf the internet safely. As such, Google has recently announced that in their next update to Chrome, coming this April, they will start warning users of insecure downloads.
According to Google,
“File types that pose the most risk to users (e.g., executables) will be impacted first, with subsequent releases covering more file types. This gradual rollout is designed to mitigate the worst risks quickly, provide developers an opportunity to update sites, and minimize how many warnings Google Chrome users have to see.”See Also
While this will no doubt be annoying for some users as it could mean a lot of warning messages and prompts, ultimately it should help to create a safer browsing environment for non-tech savvy users, such as older users who might not even be aware that such online threats exist, to begin with.