Every day, Google Safe Browsing protections work across Google products and enable safer Internet browsing experiences. Safe Browsing is developed by Google to identify unsafe websites and notify users of potential harm.  We provide information about the warnings that we display to users. We are sharing this information to raise awareness about dangerous websites and to encourage progress toward a safer and more secure web. 

What exactly is safe browsing? 

Safe Browsing protects over four billion devices by warning users when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. Social engineering sites (phishing and deceptive sites) and sites that host malware or unwanted software are examples of unsafe web resources. Come check out what’s possible. 

You can use Safe Browsing to: 

  • Check pages against our Safe Browsing lists, which are organized by platform and threat type. 

Endpoint Security’s New Frontline Defense Is the Browser 

How the Chrome Browser can help your enterprise security strategy? 

Many people undervalue their browsers, believing that they are merely gateways to the internet. Browsers, on the other hand, have evolved into sophisticated platforms. They compile and run scripts and programs. 

It helps users search and navigate the web and their applications more efficiently, provide rich, immersive experiences that blend text, images, audio, video, and virtual reality, and seamlessly integrate multiple apps and extensions 

Browsers already have a plethora of features that improve network and endpoint security. Browsers are uniquely positioned to become a strategic layer in enterprise security.  

They are located at the intersection of the web, users, and applications. They are perfectly placed to: 

  • Interact with users in real-time and steer them away from potentially harmful behaviors. 
  • Endpoint security policies should be based on the needs of the users. 
  • Simply and consistently support endpoint security across devices and operating systems. 

Keep Users Safe from Dangerous Behaviors 

Enterprises have spent billions of dollars on sophisticated security tools to detect malware and other indicators of compromise on their systems and networks. Unfortunately, adversaries can get around most of them by targeting the weakest link in corporate security: computer and smartphone users, which include employees, contractors, customers, and suppliers. 

Phishing and social engineering attacks of today are very cleverly designed to entice users to visit hacker-controlled websites to download malicious files, enter credentials on forms, or even transfer funds to unknown bank accounts. Even the most effective security awareness programs can only reduce, not eliminate, these harmful behaviors. 

Browsers can help users avoid mistakes by steering them away from risky behaviors. Chrome Browser features that alert users to potential phishing and social engineering attacks and direct them to safe responses are excellent examples. 

The Safe Browsing service, which is enabled by default, updates its list every 30 minutes with newly discovered malware and phishing sites. When an administrator or end-user enables Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome Browser inspects each web page in real-time. This real-time inspection capability protects against adversaries who create new URLs every few minutes to avoid detection by security tools that use traditional URL blocklists. A policy can be used by IT teams to centrally configure Safe Browsing for their organization. 

Similarly, when you download a file, Chrome Browser compares it to a list of potentially harmful files. File types that are dangerous, such as executables and commonly used document types, should be avoided. If the file cannot be verified, the Chrome Browser sends data to Google servers to determine if it can be verified. 

By enabling Enhanced Safe Browsing, you can significantly increase your protection against malicious websites and downloads. Chrome can protect you against dangerous websites by sharing real-time data with Google Safe Browsing.  

If a user is signed in, Chrome and other Google apps will be able to provide improved protection based on a comprehensive view of threats you encounter on the web and attacks against that Google Account. 

Advanced Password Security 

User passwords can provide threat actors with access to networks, applications, and data. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many people use the same password for multiple accounts and fail to change passwords after they have been compromised.  

When users enter any password stored in the Chrome Password Manager into a suspected phishing site, predictive phishing protection alerts them. This keeps attackers from stealing corporate credentials and using them to gain access to the organization. 

Password Alert is a Chrome Browser policy that is available to organizations. Chrome Browser detects users reusing corporate passwords on unapproved websites when administrators enable this feature. It notifies users, notifies them of a policy violation, and requests that they reset their passwords. 

End users can also see how their passwords are performing. When users enter their credentials into a website, Password Checkup alerts them if the username and password have been compromised in a data breach and recommends that the password be changed on all accounts where it has been used. 

Users can also run Password Checkup at any time to see if their passwords have been compromised. 

Apply Policies to All Endpoints 

Security policies are designed to keep users safe by preventing them from performing risky actions such as visiting infected websites or downloading and installing malicious apps from online stores. In both cases, browsers are in a unique position to consistently enforce those policies across a wide range of endpoints. 

Some policies can be set by browser users individually, but this section will provide examples of policies that can be managed centrally with Chrome Cloud Management. 

Command over applications and extensions 

Apps and extensions that can be downloaded are critical enablers of the user experience. They improve browser performance, provide application functionality, and facilitate access to data, documents, and computing resources. However, many threat actors use useful applications to trick users into downloading and installing malicious software.