GOOGLE is beefing up security to make it harder for hackers to make their way through to other devices in your home.
The tech giant has come up with a clever way to tell when public websites want to access things on your end – and most importantly, stopping them if they're dodgy.
Cyber attackers have long used the humble web browser as the pathway to everything else connected to the internet in our home.
And at the heart of it, our web routers.
But in Chrome's upcoming 98th build it looks set to get a lot harder.
Chrome will be able to intercept requests in your private network – whether it's to the router, a printer and even smart home gadgets – and keep a log of it.
And in a later version of Chrome, the browser will get even stronger and actually start blocking those requests unless you give it permission first.
According to Ars Technica, it could arrive as soon as Chrome 101.
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Given that Chrome updates come roughly every four weeks, that's not long to wait at all.
While most of your home gadgets are relatively safe, browsers are allowed to connect to just about anything inside your local network.
Hackers have seen 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 using this over the years.
One back in 2014 saw more than 300,000 wireless routers compromised.
So when the update lands, it'll be welcome by all.
In other news, personalised smart guns, which can be fired only by verified users, may finally become available to U.S. consumers this year.
Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more woke by rolling out an “inclusiveness” checker in its Word software.
And a federal anti-trust case against Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has been given the go-ahead.
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