NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: The new Google Pixel 4 smartphone is displayed during a Google launch event on October 15, 2019 in New York City. The new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phone starts at $799 and will begin shipping on Oct. 24. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Can Your Google Pixel Get a Virus From Chrome? Here's What We Know
Google’s Pixel 7 comes with a plethora of security features, from fingerprint locks and facial recognition to an onboard VPN and an upcoming user-friendly security hub. While no security system is ever 100% effective against powerful hacks, the Pixel 7 smartphones give their users a way to defend themselves against online risks.
Like every browser, Google Chrome can be exposed to viruses during the course of normal use that carry the risk of spreading beyond the browser to devices, including the Pixel. A new Pixel smartphone sold in the U.S. comes with five years of security updates that provide new and more effective solutions, though it’s still possible to get a virus.
There are ways to prevent viruses by utilizing the Pixel 7’s onboard VPN to encrypt users’ internet connection and by turning on the Play Protect setting in the Google Play Store to avoid downloading suspicious software. Android also includes ways to purge a phone of malicious programs through Safe Mode and reverting the phone to factory defaults.