Google will be increasing the amount of warnings users get before visiting a site full of “unwanted software.” A red caution warning will be generated whenever a user tries to visit a potentially harmful site.
Google describes unwanted software as any secretly installed programs which change settings without a user’s consent. This “safe browsing” application already exists in Google Chrome, and is now being adapted to work in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers as well. This modification will protect about 1.1 billion users. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been left out of this update, but users need not worry. Internet Explorer already uses the warning system SmartScreen Filter.
Recently, Google said its smart browsing application generates about 5 million warnings each day. On top of that, Google discovers more than 50,000 malware-infected sites and more than 90,000 phishing sites per month. In fact, Google’s product manager Stephan Somogyi said the smart browsing application is so effective the creators of these malicious sites are having to constantly invent new software and schemes in an attempt to trick users.
“The folks trying to make a buck off people are having to come up with new stuff and that puts us in a position where we have to innovate to keep pace with these guys,” Somogyi said in an interview. “You are now going to see a crescendo in our enforcement on sites that meet our standard of having unwanted software.”