Google releases Safe Browsing API

Google releases Safe Browsing API

Summary: Google has released an experimental Safe Browsing API to allow third party developers to check URLs against blacklists of suspected phishing and malware sites.

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Google has released an experimental Safe Browsing API to allow third party developers to check URLs against blacklists of suspected phishing and malware sites.

Firefox anti-phishing warningThe 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.

Developers interested in using the Safe Browsing API can sign up for a key here.  Also see the developer guide.

Topics: Security, Google, Malware

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