These days internet has become an indivisible part of our lives. Everyone including kids and adults turn to internet as it has huge number of online resources. At the same time, the threats coming from internet are also increasing and they vary from moderate threats like spamming and attention grabbing links to severe and dangerous cyber-attacks. Worrying about these threats and trying to avoid them manually takes away the focus of the users from their actual work and the threats are much sophisticated to be easily detected by the user manually. Samsung Internet considers the user security is the foremost important and provides a set of security features called Smart Protection features. These features let the users focus on their actual work while Samsung Internet takes care of the users’ security. There are four Smart Protection features, which can be enabled in the Internet settings.
Smart Anti-Tracking (SAT) is an intelligent feature, which prevents the third party cookies from tracking the user activities without compromising with the user browsing experience. To understand how the third party cookies monitor the user activities without his knowledge and use the information for marketing their products, let us see this use case with a simple example.
Ramesh decided to buy some indoor plants and started searching for it online. The search results took him to nurserylive.com website. Finally, he purchased the required plant from the nearest store. However, after few days he observed, whichever site he visits online, plant advertisement keeps following him.
Have you ever faced a situation like Ramesh? The advertisements could be about anything: the cloth that you purchased online or the flight tickets you tried to book. What you search or do in one website, you start getting advertisement related to that on other websites. How one website knows about what you did on other websites?
This is a typical example of targeted advertisement. This is happening because there are many hidden third-party trackers present on commonly visited websites, which you cannot see. They try to identify you uniquely and keep tracking your browsing activity across the web. Targeted advertisement is just one of the outcome of cross-site tracking. However, the effect of tracking can have much larger impact on your privacy as some of these trackers can know most of the websites you visit. To address such privacy concerns, Samsung Internet browser provides an AI-based solution, known as Smart Anti-Tracking.
How does it work?
Smart Anti-Tracking uses machine learning to detect the websites that can track you. It removes privacy sensitive data from such tracker requests. Once this feature is enabled, these tracking websites will not be able to know what other websites you have visited. You should start seeing less targeted advertisements as a result. Your privacy remains protected on the web with Samsung Internet.
How to enable Smart Anti-Tracking?
As shown below, you can enable Smart Anti-Tracking by visiting Settings -> Privacy and Security -> Smart anti-tracking -> On. If you want to enable this feature for only secret mode tabs, you can select “Secret mode only”.
Some contents secretly insert entries in the browser history such that, when the user presses back button to go back to a previous page, instead some other page usually an advertisement is shown to the user pretending as if the page is actually from user’s navigation. Block unwanted webpages is a feature, which identifies such fake history pages in the user navigations and removes them.
How does it work?
To enable Block unwanted Webpages,
Go to Internet Settings -> Privacy and Security settings -> Turn on Block unwanted webpages
Once enabled, all such webpages inserted by the content without the knowledge of the user are removed from the user navigation history.
A malicious site is a webpage, which tries to install malware on the user’s device. Once installed, hackers use this software to transmit user’s private data or take control of the user’s device. A Phishing sites are those webpages, which pretend and appear to be legitimate website and trick the users in entering their username and passwords and steal them. The Warn about malicious sites feature when enabled, detects such sites and shows a warning to user when such pages are about to be opened by the user. The user can then avoid visiting that page. This feature is turned on by default.
How to disable (not recommended) Warn about malicious sites setting?
To disable this setting,
Go to Internet Settings -> Privacy and Security settings -> Turn off Warn about malicious sites
How does it work?
Once enabled, whenever the user clicks on a link to any malicious site, a warning popup is shown to the user as shown below
Nowadays, websites ask for more and more permissions and in order to access content quickly, many users have been accustomed to just dismissing these prompts, which can lead to unwanted notifications. Moreover, these contents can be to redirect to phishing or malware sites. In order to protect users from the sites, we are changing the permission request UI to display a warning message if the website looks malicious (It is determined by binary classification based on contents and loading information). This change makes it harder to trick or force users into allowing notifications, especially from those sites that like to mislead their users into accepting notification
How does it work?
This feature is enabled by default. When the visited website has been detected as a malicious site, provide a permission popup with a warning message instead of the current one.
Upgrade Samsung Internet
User privacy and security is the primary focus of Samsung Internet and the app is regularly evolved to enhance the security features of the browser and provide better experience to the user. To use these features and benefit from them, the users need to ensure that Samsung Internet is upgraded to the latest version on their device.
How to upgrade Samsung Internet through Samsung Galaxy App store?
Samsung Internet upgrade can be started from within the app through the in-app notification or by going to the About Samsung Internet menu. Depending on the current version of Samsung Internet, user is asked to accept the terms and conditions after which the Samsung Galaxy App store is launched where the Samsung Internet can be upgraded.
How to upgrade Samsung Internet through Google Playstore?
Launch Playstore -> Go to Samsung Internet app details in Playstore -> Select Update
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