Google has released an experimental Safe Browsing API to allow third party developers to check URLs against blacklists of suspected phishing and malware sites.
The new API provides a simple mechanism for downloading an encrypted table for local, client-side lookups of URLs.
It provides access to the same Google blacklists that power the anti-phishing and anti-malware mechanisms in Firefox and Google Desktop, according to a note on the Google anti-malware blog:
"The API is still experimental, but we hope it will be useful to ISPs, web-hosting companies, and anyone building a site or an application that publishes or transmits user-generated links," the note read.
Some things developers can do with the Safe Browsing API:
- Warn users before clicking on links that appear in your site when they lead to malware-infested pages.
- Prevent users from posting links to phishing pages from your site.
- Check a list of pages against Google's suspected phishing and malware lists.