Google changing Chrome malware, phishing warnings

Summary:New designs for interstitial warning pages for malware and phishing sites detected by Google Safe Browsing are simpler.

As announced by Google engineer and "usable security researcher" Adrienne Porter Felt on Twitter, the newest designs for malware and phishing site warnings from Google Chrome have gone out on the Canary and Dev channels.

Google Safe Browsing is a service that maintains blacklists of URLs of sits that contain phishing and malware. It provides an API for other software to use, and is used by both Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft uses their own SmartScreen service.

When Chrome encounters a site which Safe Browsing says is malicious, it raises an interstitial warning page like those below. Firefox and Safari have their own warning pages. The new Chrome warning pages are only on the Dev and Canary distributions, not the Beta or Stable.

This will be the new malware warning page:

SafeBrowsing1

This is the old malware warning page:

SafeBrowsing2

This will be the new phishing warning page:

SafeBrowsing3

This is the old phishing warning page:

SafeBrowsing4

The new designs are simpler, but perhaps the absence of the cartoon image is intended to induce the user to take the warning more seriously.

Topics: Security, Google

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Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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