If you’re using a Chromebook, you’re completely locked into the Google environment. This means that Google can and does often make security decisions for you, like blocking web-pages and downloads from sites that Google identifies as dangerous. When you try to open such a page or download a file, Chrome will (whether you’re on a Chromebook or any other OS) automatically block that download.
While this is certainly a much-appreciated feature in terms of security, it can be a bit frustrating when you’re trying to download a file that you know is safe, and Chrome just won’t let you do it. This can be particularly frustrating for Chromebook users because they don’t have the option to just use another browser (or go through the tough process of getting Ubuntu on your Chromebook).
In this tutorial, we will see how to download files and visit web pages on Chrome that Google thinks are dangerous. For this, we will have to disable Google’s pre-installed security features, so you might want to be careful when you do this.
Disable Security Features
Go to chrome://settings or just click on the settings icon on the dashboard.
Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and click on ‘Show advanced settings’
Under advanced settings, you will find a subsection called ‘Privacy and Security’. Under that section, look for an option which says ‘Protect you and your device from dangerous sites’. You just have to turn off this feature.
Once you turn this off, you will be able to download whatever file you want or site you want to visit.
Just be careful about visiting these sites because Google marks them as security threats for a reason. Only download files from sources that you trust, or you may fall prey to all kinds of viruses and malware that exist on the internet.
I also recommend that you turn on this feature once your particular need to access certain ‘dangerous’ files is over. This keeps you protected and secure generally while giving you the choice to override Google’s security decisions when you want to.
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