Google has been helping block questionable websites with its Safe Browsing initiative, and now, it’s making it easier for websites to fight security issues as soon as they rear their head.
According to a report, the Safe Browsing console expanded the Security Issues report to give website operators more information and explanations about any security problems Google finds. The detailed information can include malware, deceptive pages and harmful downloads. In addition to the reports, the Safe Browsing console provides recommendations for different actions the website operators can take, as well as sample URLS they can use to locate the source of the issue.
The report noted the new features on the Safe Browsing console can help website developers battle hackers and address potential security holes as soon as possible, which, in turn, can keep consumers information safe. “We on the Safe Browsing team definitely recommend registering your site in Search Console, even if it is not currently experiencing a security issue. We send notifications through Search Console so webmasters can address any issues that appear as quickly as possible,” Google said, according to the report.
Earlier this year Google showcased just how bad the security threats are on the internet. According to Google, from July 2014 to June 2015, Google Safe Browsing and Search Quality identified and captured the life cycle of 760,935 incidents where vulnerable web servers were hijacked by cybercriminals for cheap hosting and traffic acquisition. Google confirmed that, every week, more than 10 million users interact with unsafe websites that can deliver malicious threats, such as malware and scams. In many cases, the websites have been left vulnerable and were eventually compromised by weak passwords and outdated software. The study, which was conducted by Google in collaboration with UC Berkeley, tested the success of Google’s Safe Browsing Alerts initiative. This service is designed to send network administrators notifications when Google detects any harmful or malicious URLs attempting to hit their network, as well as potential security breaches.