Google Will Expand “Safe Browsing”, Make Available for Other Browsers to Use As Well

On a recent announcement made by Google Security staff engineer – Moheeb Abu Rajab, Google is said to be expanding their “Safe Browsing” service starting from upcoming next week.

Updated Mar 14, 2017News
Safe browsing

You may not be aware of what’s exactly going on behind the scenes when you’re browsing the web using Google search engine.

However, one thing you might care to know about is that thanks to a specific Google service called “Safe Browsing” your web browsing has become a little bit safer.

The above image is an example of how “Safe Browsing” service is used to protect you against malicious websites and warns you about malicious downloads.

Safe Browsing Expands

Starting next week and on Google Chrome is going to integrate a new kind of warning message which will protect you from additional deceptive software:

“programs disguised as a helpful download that actually make unexpected changes to your computer—for instance, switching your homepage or other browser settings to ones you don’t want.”

In case of the above, a warning message will be shown to inform you about Chrome blocking the malicious software, If you’d still wish to proceed despite the warning, you could do so via your Downloads list.

safe browsing warning message

According to Google this technology would be available for other browsers as well.

Browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari are already making use of “Safe Browsing” technology to some extent and it’s probably a matter of time until they’ll integrate the new feature or a similar one.

It seems that Google doesn’t take security hazards lightly, add to this also the enhancing of Android security that took place not so long ago and you’ll might come up with the conclusion that this is an increasing trend..

P.S: I wonder if it has something to do with the Heartbleed bug that was discovered recently?