Google Adds to Search Engine Security
Google's Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page to give Web masters more information on sites listed as malicious.Google expanded its efforts to secure users of its search engine following a McAfee-Yahoo partnership to do the same for Yahoo users. Google quietly launched the Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page to help Web masters by answering four questions:
- the current listing of the site
- what happened when Google visited the site
- whether it is hosting malware
- whether it is acting as an intermediary for malware distribution
"All information we show is historical over the last 90 days but does not go further into the past," wrote Niels Provos, senior staff engineer at Google, in a blog post. "Initially, we are making the Safe Browsing diagnostic page available in two ways. We are adding a link on the interstitial page a user sees after clicking on a search result with a warning label and also via an 'additional information' link in Firefox 3's warning page."