Google Chrome Canary gets ability to block malware file downloads on the web

Google revealed today that the latest Canary build of Chrome would now block known malware files from downloading.

This feature would of course make it to dev, beta and stable builds in the coming weeks.

This is good news because Google has one of the most comprehensive data of malware websites and files on the web today. The company already uses the same database from preventing you from visiting phishing websites.

Of course, this does not mean that you do not need an antivirus software on your computer (Windows especially)… Malware attacks can happen outside Chrome browser through other apps.

Google said:

In the current Canary build of Chrome, we’ll automatically block downloads of malware that we detect. If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing Chrome is working to keep you safe. This is in addition to the 10,000 new websites we flag per day with Safe Browsing, which is used by Chrome and other browsers to keep more than 1 billion web users safe. Keeping you secure is a top priority, which is why we’re working on additional means to stop malicious software installs as well.

php.net probably got hacked

Google Chrome is currently showing a huge warning if you try to visit php.net website. The Safe Browsing page for the domain shows that it has been serving malware in the recent times.

Hopefully the problem has been resolved and Google Chrome would update its database in the near future.

php.net is of course the home of the popular PHP programming language and is probably visited by hundreds of thousands of developers on a daily basis.

Google Chrome getting an optional feedback feature for files flagged by Safe Browsing

Files downloaded on Chrome are scanned against the Google Safe Browsing database for potential malware content.

Google is now experimenting with a new feature that would allow you to send files to Google for analysis if it failed to recognize it properly.

You can enable this feature on Dev Channel build by running Chrome with following switch:

safebrowsing-enable-download-feedback

Google adds Safe Browsing section to Transparency Report

Google has announced that they are expanding their transparency report to include data collected through their Safe Browsing service platform.

Google Safe Browsing service is used by Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and even Apple Safari to block users from landing on malware/phishing webpages.

Google said:

Created in 2006, Safe Browsing is our system to identify unsafe websites and warn users and webmasters about them. We’re now protecting 1 billion people with this technology, and now you can learn about the latest on the fight against malware and phishing in the new Safe Browsing section of our Transparency Report.

This new section provide interactive graphs and other detailed reports about the data collected by the service.

Google Chrome to get safety from malware downloads

Google Chrome to get safety from malware downloads

Google is working on improving the security of web downloads in their Chrome web browser.

Google Chrome would soon start alerting users if they are downloading a file that has been reported as malware.

Google Chrome to get safety from malware downloads

The technology would be powered by their Safe Browsing API.

It would be introduced in a future edition of Chrome dev channel build. Google aims to have it included in a stable build in the near future.

The company said in a blog post:

This warning will be displayed for any download URL that matches the latest list of malicious websites published by the Safe Browsing API. The new feature follows the same privacy policy currently in use by the Safe Browsing feature. For example, this feature does not enable Google to determine the URLs you are visiting.