Chrome for Android Now Has Safe Browsing Enabled by Default

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Android users now benefit from Google’s Safe Browsing service.

The protective service is used in Google Chrome as well as in other web browsers like Firefox and Safari and protects mobile web users from accessing malicious web pages.Google released a post in their Online Security Blog, stating that Android users from now on will have Safe Browsing enabled by default, similarly to the desktop version of Chrome.Google Safe Browsing strives to protect users from harmful websites containing malware that can cause serious damage to both desktop and mobile devices.With the arrival of Safe Browsing feature, you may see a red-colored screen on your Android device when you visit a potentially dangerous site through Google Chrome browser. The company said that the Safe Browsing client on Android is part of Google Play services, starting with version 8.1 and the first app to use it is Chrome, starting with version 46. “We’re now protecting all Android Chrome users by default”, – Noé Lutz, Nathan Parker, Stephan Somogyi; Google Chrome and Safe Browsing Teams wrote in an online post.

And that might mean only sending a brief update to stop people from unwittingly ending up at the riskiest sites known to Google, particularly phishing sites. Google is even relying on compression in order to keep data small — because Google doesn’t want to use up people’s mobile data plans unnecessarily. “We hunt badness on the Internet so that you don’t discover it the hard way, and our protection should never be an undue burden on your networking costs or your device’s battery. Bearing in mind that network bandwidth and battery are the “scarcest” resources on mobile device, the developers worked around these two factors “to best protect mobile users”.

With the data compression service, all your unencrypted web traffic is routed through Google’s servers, where Google can then easily check URLs against its blacklist. They also made sure that the information about riskiest sites was sent first when they can get only a very short update through. “We also worked with Google’s compression team to make the little data that we do send as small as possible”, the post read. “Together with the Android Security team, we made the software on the device extra stingy with memory and processor use, and careful about minimizing network traffic. Some social engineering attacks only happen in certain parts of the world, so we only send information that protects devices in the geographic regions they’re in.” With this update, Google says, the company is extending this protection to “hundreds of millions of Chrome users on Android” (there are a total of over 800 million mobile Chrome users, but that number also includes iOS users). Republication or redistribution of content provided by EconoTimes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of EconoTimes, except for personal and non-commercial use. Neither EconoTimes nor its third party suppliers shall be liable for any errors, omissions or delays in content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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