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Google aims for greater transparency over malware

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Google to release revised privacy policy in March
Google to release revised privacy policy in March

Google has launched a transparency report to shed light on malware and phishing attacks.


An evolution of its Safe Browsing program that was launched in 2006, Google software engineer Lucas Ballard said that it is currently flagging up to 10,000 sites a day that is helping protect around one billion users. This addition will help users see Safe Browsing warnings each week, determine where malicious sites are hosted around the world and understand how quickly websites become reinfected after their owners clean malware from their sites.


He said: “Sharing this information also aligns well with our Transparency Report, which already gives information about government requests for user data, government requests to remove content, and current disruptions to our services.”


Mark James, technical director of ESET UK, said: “Education is key to protection, and the more the industry can do to promote safe practises and visualise the dangers online the better for all. As a next step, internet users need to reflect on their own actions rather than resting on their laurels in the belief that the exposure of threats alone will keep them safe.


“User common sense is always needed, and running anti-virus software alone doesn't necessarily mean it's possible to visit websites indiscriminately believing all malicious code will be detected. New attack methods are constantly in development. Furthermore, unsolicited files or embedded links, even from friends, should be treated with suspicion. Users should think about the post or message's context before opening a link.”

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