Google Experiments With Anti-Malware Warnings in Chrome

by Sam Dean - Apr. 06, 2011Comments (1)

One of the great ironies of computer security is that the computers aren't as much of a security problem as people are. It's well known in the anti-malware community that user apathy in protecting against malicious software is the largest security problem of all. The answer to this ongoing problem, though, is smart software that helps prevent users from downloading or exposing themselves to malware. Working with that premise, Google has implemented a new feature in its Chrome browser designed to warn users when malware is likely to be distributed to their computers on a drive-by basis. It's a good idea, and hopefully it will be taken further.

In a post on the Google Online Security Blog, researchers write:

"For the past five years Google has been offering protection to users against websites that attempt to distribute malware via drive-by downloads — that is, infections that harm users’ computers when they simply visit a vulnerable site. The data produced by our systems and published via the Safe Browsing API is used by Google search and browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to warn users who may attempt to visit these dangerous webpages. Today we’re pleased to announce a new feature that aims to protect users against these kinds of downloads, starting with malicious Windows executables. The new feature will be integrated with Google Chrome and will display a warning if a user attempts to download a suspected malicious executable file."

So essentially, Google is moving from taking a passive stance toward tracking malicious executables and building in a warning process for users directly in the Chrome browser. When Google first announced Chrome, the company made clear that the goal was to make a browser that was simply better than others that are available. In only a few short years, from security features to performance, Chrome has lived up to Google's goal.

Especially with the latest version of Firefox mired in performance problems, Chrome has an opportunity to keep grabbing market share, and has been doing so mightily for the past year. The new anti-malware warnings make good sense. You can get a good sense of how the warnings work here. The process is unobtrusive, and the warnings ask users if they want to proceed when possible malware is detected, which is a proven model found in most prominent operating systems, and many applications. 

For now, the anti-malware warnings are being tested with Chrome users who subscribe to the Chrome development channel, but look for this feature to be available to all Chrome users shortly.

 



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"Especially with the latest version of Firefox mired in performance problems"


Again Ostatic posting lies, do you people actually have problems or you're just parroting a retard from that other site?


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