Safe downloads with Chrome

Google now adds a feature to the development versions of the Chrome web browser which Internet Explorer already has introduced with version 9: It extends Safe Browsing (which also gets used by Firefox and Safari) with safe downloads. This is a reputation system which marks suspicious files as such. Google uses the URL list from its Safe Browsing API for marking potentially malicious downloads: If the URL is already marked as being malicious, the files downloaded from those locations most likely are bad, too.

If this feature works well, Google plans to add it to the next major release of the Chrome web browser for all users’ benefit. This is a step in the right direction, even further improving security for the users!

Dirk Knop
Technical Editor