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Google Helps 1 Billion Users with Safe Browsing; Flags up to 10,000 Sites a Day

Created in 2006, Google’s Safe Browsing system identify unsafe websites and warn users and webmasters about them. Google says using this tecnology it is now protecting 1 billion people in Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

“approximately one billion people use Google Safe Browsing. We help tens of millions of people every week protect themselves from harm by showing warnings to users of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari when they attempt to navigate to websites that would steal their personal information or install software designed to take over their computers,” Google states in the report. Currently it flags up to 10,000 sites a day.

Today, Google added a new “Safe Browsing” section to its ‘Transparency Report,’ to help learn about the latest on the fight against malware and phishing.

With this new section, “you can learn how many people see Safe Browsing warnings each week, where malicious sites are hosted around the world, how quickly websites become reinfected after their owners clean malware from their sites, and other tidbits we’ve surfaced,” google wrote.

Google also shows the malware distribution by autonomous system. “An autonomous system is one or more networks controlled by a single entity, often a large company, a university, or an ISP.[…]Autonomous systems are part of the network layer of the Internet’s architecture, and they play a role in determining how traffic is routed across the web.”

There is also a map that breaks the information about the percentage of sites hosting malware for each country. For example: “US – 2%, Canada, China and UK – 5%, Brazil and Australia – 7%, Russia – 8%, Spain – 9%, Germany – 10%, Turkey – 11%, Mexico -12%, Thailand – 13%, India – 14%.”

Safe Browsing is also used by Google Search, as you can see the graph below shows the number of Google search results per week that contain a warning about threats to users.

Google safe browsing warning in search results per week

Here’s a graph showing unsafe websites detected/week:

google safe browsing unsafe websites detected per week

Apple’s iOS mobile Safari browser used Google’s Safe Browsing service for many years (from iOS 3.1 to iOS 5), but now it switched to a different provider.

In addition, Google offers an alert system for network admins. “The goal is to provide network administrators with information of malicious content that is being hosted on their networks.”

The following resources Google Webmaster Tools and Safe Browsing Alerts for Network Administrators, helps webmasters and network administrators find recommendations for dealing with malware infections.

And, to check if the Safe Browsing works: you can visit this URL – http://malware.testing.google.test/testing/malware/. If you see a malware warning, then it works. Additionally, you can also try gumblar.cn.

Explore the new Safe Browsing section on this page.

In other news, you can now tap the microphone on the Google Search app and ask movies releated questions suchs as “What movies are playing today?” If you’re going on a different day, ask that instead, like “What movies are playing tomorrow?”

On the results page, “you’ll see a scrolling carousel of movie posters for everything that’s playing depending on the day you specify. If you tap one of the posters–say, Monsters University–you’ll see a list of local theaters where the movie’s playing, the theaters’ distance from you and showtimes, plus the trailer and a link to learn more.”

Additionally, you can also purchase a ticket ahead of time just by clicking your chosen showtime and buying it on Fandango.

Google search app : movie card

And, Google Currents, which delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet or smartphone, today getting an update for iOS devices.

“This update brings to your iPhone or iPad the same audio experience we recently released on Android, which makes listening to audio clips easier than ever (the app is a little bit prettier, as well!),” informs Google.

Google Current app for iOS adds new audio experience

Google also launched a “UX Research Sign-up Survey” to help them improve the user experience across Google products–“both existing ones and those still in development? Sign up to participate in user experience research and get rewarded for your time,” informs Google.

You can sign up here.

Finally, watch this film, shot entirely through Google Glass. “Pro WTA tennis player and Glass Explorer Bethanie Mattek-Sands has been using Glass to organize her busy life and get a new perspective on her game as she prepares for Wimbledon,” writes google.

Update 06/28: To further improve the network performance with its SPDY protocol, Google is now tesing ways to decrease the number of round trips, using QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections).

“”QUIC” is a early-stage network protocol that runs a stream multiplexing protocol over a new flavor of Transport Layer Security (TLS) on top of UDP instead of TCP. It combines a carefully selected collection of techniques to reduce the number of round trips we need as we surf the Internet,” explains google.

Below are features highlights of QUIC:

  • “High security similar to TLS
  • Fast (often 0-RTT) connectivity similar to TLS Snapstart combined with TCP Fast Open
  • Packet pacing to reduce packet loss
  • Packet error correction to reduce retransmission latency
  • UDP transport to avoid TCP head-of-line blocking
  • A connection identifier to reduce reconnections for mobile clients
  • A pluggable congestion control mechanism.”
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