Google updated SAFE BROWSE and now warns of deceptive software downloads that appears to be helpful â€“ that actually does other things.
Published: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 by Rad
â€œWeâ€™ll show a warning in Chrome whenever an attempt is made to trick you into downloading and installing such software,â€ said Google security engineer Moheeb Abu Rajab in a blog post - Thatâ€™s not the download youâ€™re looking for...
The new feature will provide protection against third-party download sites that bundle browser toolbars, adware and scripts with well-known software.
Although the update will raise an alert, it will not block users from downloading software.
The new feature will provide protection against third-party download sites that bundle browser toolbars, adware and scripts with well-known software.Google
Safe Browsing displays warnings to users of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari when they attempt to access phishing sites or download malware.
â€œWeâ€™re currently showing more than three million download warnings per weekâ€”and because we make this technology available for other browsers to use, we can help keep 1.1 billion people safe,â€ said Rajab.
According to several reports, Mozilla has responded positively to the news of the Safe Browsing update.
Mozilla said in a statement: â€œWe are happy to see that Google is continuing to improve its detection of potentially unwanted software, especially since Firefox relies on Google Safe Browsing to block malicious downloads.
â€œWe are investigating implementing this new extension, especially if it reduces unofficial rebundled software that targets Firefox,â€ Mozilla said.
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