Browser notifications are messages that come from a website. They allow you to get timely updates from sites you frequently visit. It allows website owners to send personalized messages to retain visitors.
However, some hackers may use these to send malicious or fake advertisements or even install viruses.
How do I know if it is fake?
- After closing the notification, the same one will pop up again.
- Pop up ads still appear even when your browser app is closed.
How do I get rid of it?
Change the notification settings on your preferred browser:
Change Chrome Notification Settings on Android
- Open the Chrome app.
- To the right of the address bar, tap More ⋮ > Settings.
- Tap Site Settings > Notifications.
- Tap the suspicious website, then tap either Block or Remove.
Change Chrome Notification Settings on iOS
- Open the Chrome app.
- To the right of the address bar, tap More ... > Settings.
- Tap Content Settings > Block Pop ups.
- Turn ON Block Pop-ups.
Change Safari Notification Settings on iOS
- Open Settings, then tap Safari.
- Turn on Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning.
How do I prevent this from happening?
- Always check the website from where the pop up is displayed and allow notification ONLY if you want to receive them.
- Avoid opening suspicious links from text messages.
Are there apps that help protect me against phishing and malware?
Yes! Trend Micro Check can automatically block phishing links SMS/MMS which may contain dangerous website links and malware, providing an extra layer of security on your mobile device.
Can these notifications harm my device?
Yes, some notifications can potentially harm your device. Malicious or fake notifications might contain harmful links or attempt to install malware on your device. It's crucial to be cautious and avoid interacting with suspicious notifications.
Can I block all notifications on my mobile browser?
Yes, you can block all notifications on your mobile browser if you prefer not to receive any. To do this, go to your browser's settings and find the notification settings. Then, toggle off the option to receive notifications from websites. Keep in mind that this will disable notifications from all websites, including legitimate ones.
What should I do if I accidentally click on a suspicious notification?
If you accidentally click on a suspicious notification, take the following steps:
- Close the tab or window immediately.
- Clear your browser's cache and cookies to remove any potential tracking or malware.
- Run a security scan on your device to ensure no malware was installed.
- Change any passwords or login credentials associated with the website you clicked on if you had an account there, just in case.
- Be more cautious in the future and avoid clicking on notifications from untrusted sources.