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Google Transparency Report Adds Malware and Phishing Numbers

Google Search Homepage | Wikipedia

Google Search Homepage | Wikipedia

In an effort to make the World Wide Web safe, Google released their Transparency Report last Tuesday with the addition of Malware and Phishing numbers.

The data were incorporated into the company’s biannual transparency report, which shows traffic reports, as well as provide clarity on the numbers of user data requests that they receive from government agencies and courts. Moreover, the report details the removal requests that Google received from copyright owners and government.

Google’s Safe Browsing Technology

The malware and phishing data came from Google’s Safe Browsing Technology. Established in 2006, the technology is designed to examine millions of URLs to detect unsafe websites.

According to the search engine giant, there are two categories of unsafe website: The malware sites, which use code to install malicious software on a user’s device; and the phishing sites that trick people into giving their username, password and other private information online.

Detected Phishing and Malware Sites | Google Transparency Report

Detected Phishing and Malware Sites | Google Transparency Report

As of June 16, 2013, the Safe Browsing program had detected almost 42,000 malware sites and 26,000 phishing sites.

As of the moment, Google’s Safe Browsing technology is being by about one billion people. The service shows warnings when a user visits an unsafe website while using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari browsers.

Making the Web Safer

There have been heightened concerns over online security in the recent months, following cyber attacks on major companies such as The New York Times and Jeep.

With the additional figures, Internet users can now see how many Safe Browsing warnings are delivered to users each week, where malicious sites are being hosted worldwide, how quickly a website can be infected again after removing the malware, as well as webmaster response time.

In relation to this, Google thought that providing details regarding these online threats will help “shine some light on the state of web security and encourage safer web practices.”

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