Chrome For Android Now Has Safe Browsing On As Standard

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Chrome For Android Now Has Safe Browsing On As Standard.

Google’s Safe Browsing technology is now enabled by default on Android to protect mobile Chrome users from accessing phishing sites and web pages that harbor malware.Launched eight years ago, the feature has protected a billion desktop users from malware, unwanted software, and social engineering sites according to Google.Safe Browsing in Chrome is not a new feature for users of the service on desktop, but in regards to the Android app safe browsing has never been available to use in full capacity until now. Until now, Safe Browsing was only available to desktop users, as well as for Chrome users on Android who turned on Google’s optional data compression service.

Google won’t force users to engage with safe browsing all of the time, they do however set safe browsing on as a standard default feature in the Android version of Chrome now, meaning it will be enabled from the get go. 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.

Today Google has announced that Chrome for Android will officially have safe browsing which can be ticked on and off from the settings menu inside of the Android Chrome app. 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.

This is also the first app to feature safe browsing with what sounds like more on the way, as Google notes that Chrome is the first app to utilize the safe browsing feature that is actually part of Google Play Services version 8.1. As more of the world relies on the mobile web, we want to make sure you’re as safe as can be, as efficiently as possible,” Noé Lutz, Nathan Parker, and Stephan Somogyi of Google’s Chrome and Safe Browsing teams wrote in a blog post today. Google has been pretty smart about implementing some of their Safe Browsing features, both the Google Security and Compression teams have been involved in the implementation. If Google is able to detect that a site you are about to browse is potentially malicious, they produce an alert on screen in bright red with a stop sign that makes this otherwise red flag immediately noticeable and impossible to miss. As for why it’s taken so long, Google says providing protection on a mobile device is much more hard, largely because it needs a lot of data to keep its lists accurate and up to date.

For those unfamiliar, Google Safe Browsing presents users with a red warning screen if they attempt to open a site that is deemed dangerous in some way. This should ensure that no user, experienced or otherwise, accidentally stumbles upon unsafe internet sites that are caught by Google’s browsing security measure.

The page offers a warning about the possible dangers that lie ahead, and gives users the option of going “back to safety” or proceeding to the website anyway. Google also mentions that enabling safe browsing still keeps users privacy protected like the desktop version, so those generally concerned about it needn’t worry. Because of the data concerns, Google says it will send warnings about the “riskiest sites” first, ensuring those in emerging markets and slower service regions still get the message. You may or may not have seen this alert screen before but should you ever encounter a website which Google deems unsafe, they’ll give you a pretty easy method of turning back to safety with a giant button towards the bottom of the screen.

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