Google’s got your back for safe browsing

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 2:40pm
Mike Robuck

Whether you view Google as a burgeoning, Borg-like Evil Empire or not, it has been proactive on the safe browsing front over the past few years.

Earlier this week, Google’s Niels Provos posted a blog in regard to the five-year anniversary of its Safe Browsing program. Safe Browsing was designed to protect users from malware and phishing on the Internet, including protection on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Google phishing map
Some of the highlights of those protection efforts included:

  • Using a free Safe Browsing API, Google watches 600 million users through built-in protection for Chrome, Firefox and Safari users, which includes red pop-up warnings for sites it has flagged for malware and phishing.
  • Google flags about 9,500 new malicious websites per day, and Provos wrote that only a handful were false positives.
  • Approximately 12 to 14 million Google search queries per day show Google’s warning to caution users from going to sites that were currently compromised. Once a site has been cleaned up, the warning is lifted.
  • The company said it sends thousands of notifications daily to webmasters.

Google phishing sites

Google also sends thousands of notifications daily to Internet service providers and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to help them keep their networks clean.

Provos also outlined in detail how phishing and malware scams are propagated on the Internet.


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