Google extends Safe Browsing API
Google has extended its Safe Browsing API used by client applications to search Google's phishing and malware black list and warn users against malicious pages. Firefox and Google Desktop are among the applications that already use the Safe Browsing API. According to Google, in the past users and web site operators found it difficult to understand why a certain page was classified as suspect. The search engine operator has now provided a "diagnostic page" that explains the rationale.
The page contains information about how the page is rated, when Google last visited it and what anomalies were noted by the crawler at that time. The report for the Wikipedia English language front page, for example –
http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://en.wikipedia.org – shows a clean bill of health.
- Safe Browsing Diagnostic To The Rescue, entry in Google's online security blog
- "All Your iFrames Point to Us", further information about Google's analyses