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Safe and Secure Browsing is a online service that Google’s security team built to identify unsafe websites across the web and notify users and webmasters of potential harm. In Google’s Transparency Report, Google disclose details about the threats that Google detect and the warnings show to users. Google share this information to increase awareness about unsafe websites, and we hope to encourage progress toward a safer and more secure web.
How Google identify unsafe websites
Google’s Safe Browsing service examines billions of URLs and software and content on those pages in its search for unsafe websites. Safe Browsing then warns users when they navigate to websites that could steal their personal information or install software designed to take over their computers. Every week, Safe Browsing protects billions of devices.
Main Features of Google Safe Browsing
Every day, Safe Browsing discovers thousands of new unsafe sites. Many of these are legitimate websites that have been compromised by hackers. Unsafe sites fall into two categories that threaten users’ privacy and security: phishing and malware.
Security and privacy
Legal processes, technology adoption, and other factors can impact the security and privacy of Google’s users. These reports contain information on user data disclosure as well as technical efforts to enhance security.
- Requests for user information
- Safe Browsing: malware and phishing
- Email encryption in transit
- HTTPS encryption on the web
Laws around the world affect the availability of content across Google products and services. These reports disclose data on content removal requests in an effort to inform discussions about online content regulation.
- Content removals due to copyright
- Government requests to remove content
- Search removals under European privacy law
- YouTube Community Guidelines enforcement
There are a variety of reasons that traffic to Google products and services may be disrupted. Here Google report on how and why access to Google may be restricted around the world.
- Traffic and disruptions to Google
How Google identify malware
The term “malware” covers a range of malicious software designed to cause harm. Infected sites install malware on a user’s machine to steal private information or take control of the user’s machine and attack other computers. Sometimes users download this malware because they think they are installing safe software and aren’t aware of malicious behavior. Other times, malware is downloaded without their knowledge. Common types of malware include ransomware, spyware, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.