GOOGLE is beefing up security to prevent hackers from sneaking their way into other devices in your home.
The tech giant has found a clever way to know when public websites want to access things from your end – and more importantly, to stop them if they’re suspicious.
Cyber attackers have long used the humble web browser as a gateway to everything internet-connected in our home.
And at the heart of it, our web routers.
But in the upcoming 98th version of Chrome, it looks like it’s getting a lot harder.
Chrome will be able to intercept requests in your private network – be it the router, a printer, and even smart home gadgets – and keep a log of them.
And in a later version of Chrome, the browser will get even more powerful and start blocking these requests unless you give it permission first.
According to Ars Technica, it could arrive as early as Chrome 101.
Since Chrome updates come roughly every four weeks, that’s not long to wait.
While most of your home gadgets are relatively safe, browsers are allowed to connect to just about anything inside your local network.
Hackers saw this as an opportunity to exploit, deploying the so-called CSRF attack, which stands for cross-site request forgery.
There have been a number of strikes that have used it over the years.
One in 2014 saw over 300,000 wireless routers compromised.
So when the update arrives, it will be a welcome one for everyone.
In other news, the custom smart guns, which can only be fired by verified users, may finally be available to US consumers this year.
Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world wiser by rolling out an “inclusivity” checker in its Word software.
And a federal antitrust case against Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has been given the green light.
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