The technology from Google Safe Browsing was enabled by default in Android, Google Chrome to protect users from phishing sites and Web pages with malware.
So far, Safe Browsing was only available to users of desktop computers, as well as users of Chrome on Android, which activated the data compression option. For those mobile users, Safe Browsing is already on for nearly two years.
So why Google waited so long to enable this feature for all users of mobile devices on Android? According to the company, it is much more difficult, as there is a huge long list of potentially dangerous sites on mobile devices, more than a desktop.
With data compression, your entire unencrypted web traffic goes through Google’s servers where Google can easily check the URL-addresses. With smart phones it is not so simple.
Team Safe Browsing, which consists of Noé Lutz, Nathan Parker and Stephen Somogyi said that “Network bandwidth and battery are the most scarce resource on your mobile device, so we had to think carefully about how best to protect mobile users. Several social engineering attacks occur only in certain parts of the world, so that we protect the device only in geographic areas where there are attacks”.
Google said that they did so, not just to minimize network traffic, but also to optimize the service to reduce the memory and CPU resource consumption.
With this update, the company is to extend the protection to “hundreds of millions of users of Chrome on Android”.
Google Chrome began to support the technology in version 46, and since, in fact it is part of Google Play Services, in other browsers on the Android platform, you can also activate the Safe Browsing through the menu privacy.