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Google is quietly protecting more than 3 billion devices

by Justin Herrick | September 12, 2017September 12, 2017 6:00 am PST

The collection of technologies silently protecting you from attacks on the web just reached a major milestone.

Google announced on Monday that Safe Browsing is now on more than 3 billion devices. It’s an achievement that comes a little after a year from when the company said 2 billion devices were being protected. Since May 2016, Safe Browsing has grown by 50 percent worldwide.

You’ve probably encountered Safe Browsing’s warning screen at some point while browsing the web on a computer, phone, or tablet. If the site you’re seeking to visit is suspected of deceiving users, Google will place a barrier between you and the site. The warning screen tells you about the site’s behavior before giving you the option to proceed and visit the site or back out.

The same technologies behind Safe Browsing have gone into Google Play Protect, the new security platform live on Android devices.

Moving forward Google says it’ll continue integrating artificial intelligence to detect “much badness” on the web. With machine learning, the company hopes to develop new ways to prevent attacks on the world’s devices. And Google’s already seen companies like Apple adopt Safe Browsing for other browsers. In 2016, Apple started using Safe Browsing on Safari for iOS.

Next time Google stops you from a risky click, just remember it’s taken years to develop such a reliable tool.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...