Google Chrome is testing a new feature to automatically hide a user’s IP address
October 23, 2023

Google Chrome is testing a new feature to automatically hide a user’s IP address

Google trying to increase security Chromein order to avoid potential misuse of your information.

When you use your browser, your IP address is visible to websites, online services, and potential attackers who can use that information against you, for example for tracking or other actions that may violate your privacy.

At the same time, IP addresses are also necessary for actions such as traffic routing and fraud prevention.
How is it first reported by Bleeping ComputerWhile browser vendors strive to provide their users with additional privacy, a user's IP address continues to make it possible to link user activity across sources that otherwise would not be possible. This information can be combined over time to create a unique, persistent user profile and track users' activities across the web, posing a threat to their privacy. Furthermore, unlike third-party cookies, there is no simple way to protect users from this type of covert tracking.

Initially, IP protection will be an option that can be turned on, so users have full control over whether they want to hide their IP address from third parties. In order to comply with regional regulations, Intellectual Property Protection will be introduced in phases, the first of which, called Phase 0, will have Google proxy requirements for its own domains. This will continue until Google has had enough time to fine-tune the list of domains it can influence. Initially, only US-based IP addresses will be able to access these proxies.

In the next stages, Google plans to use a two-step approach to improve privacy. The first step will be maintained by Google, while the second step is planned for an external CDN (Content Delivery Network).

Security concerns of Google services and the Chrome browser

Google also explained that there are some concerns about this new method of protection. The first problem is that the service could make it difficult for various other services (such as fraud prevention) to block DDoS attacks. Because of this, if even one of Google's proxy servers is compromised, an attacker could then manipulate the traffic passing through it.

Because of these potential issues, Google is considering a user authentication feature for proxies to help mitigate DDoS attacks.