Google’s Safe Browsing Now Protects Over 3 Billion Devices Worldwide


Google’s Safe Browsing tool for the internet has been live since 2007 and now the company has announced that they’re protecting over 3 billion devices worldwide with Safe Browsing optimized for mobile, better than before.

Malware and viruses have been part of the Internet ever since its use became widespread. Safe Browsing tool is Google’s effort to minimize the risk for users on the internet.

Safe Browsing doesn’t need any downloads, the tool works on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox as well as Safari browsers in the background. If you’re confused, have you ever visited a website to see a ‘red’ window with ‘deceptive site ahead’ warning? That’s Google Safe Browsing protecting you.

According to Google, Safe Browsing is “a collection of Google technologies that hunt badness—typically websites that deceive users—on the internet. We identify sites that might try to phish you or sites that install malware or other undesirable software.”

Protects Browsers, Android and Gmail

Google’s earliest anti-malware efforts, Safe Browsing tools continuously work in the background whenever a user is browsing and keeps updating its database constantly to make sure its knowledge of the malicious software on the internet is up to date.

Earlier example of Safe Browsing

“This protective information that we generate — a curated list of places that are dangerous for people and their devices — is used across many of our products. It helps keep search results safe and keep ads free from badness,” the company added.

This tool isn’t only limited to the internet browsers but its capabilities are also leveraged in protecting Android devices by aiding Google Play Protect and to check for Gmail for malicious content too.

safe browser phone
Safe Browsing on Smartphones

The Safe Browsing tool has evolved with the evolution in tech. It has been optimized to send data smoothly across smartphones, PC, and tablets.

“We only send the information that’s most protective to a given device, and we make sure this data is compressed as tightly as possible.”

The mobile-optimized version of Safe Browsing was introduced in 2015 with Chrome on Android and by mid-2016, Google was encouraging Android developers to integrate it too. Safari has been leveraging the protection of Safe Browsing since the release of iOS 10 in September 2016.

“Protecting all users across all their platforms makes the internet safer for everyone. Wherever the future of the internet takes us, Safe Browsing will be there, continuing to evolve, expand, and protect people wherever they are,” Google concluded.

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