Google Safe Browsing

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Mar 08, 2012 Google Safe Browsing has been a part of Firefox for a very long time to protect users from known malware and phishing sites. It is not part of Google's recent policy change that many users are misunderstanding; the new Google policy change affects only Google products/services in which users must sign-in or log-in (i.e., you, the user, have established an account for that service). Safe Browsing is turned off. Safe Browsing might still be turned on in other Google services, like Gmail. Tip: If you use Standard protection but you want extra password protection, turn on Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach. Google Safe Browsing is a blocklist service provided by Google that provides lists of URLs for web resources that contain malware or phishing content. The Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Vivaldi, and GNOME Web browsers use the lists from the Google Safe Browsing service for checking pages against potential threats. May 19, 2020 Safe Browsing is a widely used list of dangerous URLs maintained by Google that helps keep users away from malicious sites. Protecting four billion devices every day, Google is now building on the.

Safety First

Keeping over four billion devices safer.

Google safe browsing for firefox

Google Safe Browsing helps protect over four billion devices every day by showing warnings to users when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. Safe Browsing also notifies webmasters when their websites are compromised by malicious actors and helps them diagnose and resolve the problem so that their visitors stay safer. Safe Browsing protections work across Google products and power safer browsing experiences across the Internet.

Our Transparency Report includes details on the threats that Safe Browsing identifies. The Transparency Report includes our Site Status diagnostic tool that you can use to see whether a site currently contains content that Safe Browsing has determined to be dangerous.

Product Protection

Safe Browsing protects Google and other products.

Chrome and Other Browsers

Chrome and other browsers use Safe Browsing to show users a warning message before they visit a dangerous site or download a harmful app. Our scanning infrastructure also protects the Chrome Web Store from potentially harmful extensions. Learn more



Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report

Users see a Safe Browsing message in Search results when Safe Browsing has found that the site they’re about to visit might be dangerous. Learn more


Safe Browsing protects Gmail users by identifying dangerous links in email messages and showing warnings if users click on them. Learn more


How To Turn Off Google Safe Browsing

Google and Android security teams collaborated to develop an app scanning infrastructure that protects Google Play and powers Verify Apps to protect users who install apps from outside Google Play. Safe Browsing also protects Chrome users on Android by showing them warnings before they visit dangerous sites. Learn more


Google Safe Browsing Safari

Google’s Ads Security team uses Safe Browsing to make sure that Google ads do not promote dangerous pages. Learn more


A history of safety

Safe Browsing launched in 2007 to protect users across the web from phishing attacks, and has evolved to give users tools to help protect themselves from web-based threats like malware, unwanted software, and social engineering across desktop and mobile platforms.

Our Safe Browsing engineering, product, and operations teams work at the forefront of security research and technology to build systems that help users protect themselves from harm. Check out our Research and the Google Security Blog for updates on Safe Browsing and other Google security technology.

API Documentation

Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report

Protection for all

To make the Internet safer for everyone, we’ve made Safe Browsing services free and publicly available for developers and other companies to use in their applications and browsers. Today, half the world’s online population is protected by Safe Browsing. If you are a developer and would like to protect your users from online threats, get started by visiting our API Documentation. If you are a webmaster, you can sign up for Google Search Console to receive notifications and help with security issues.


Safe Browsing gives users the ability to protect themselves from multiple types of unsafe sites and applications. Our policies help define the types of web threats about which Safe Browsing will notify users and webmasters.


Since 2006, Safe Browsing has warned users when they attempt to navigate to sites that might be malicious. Malware is software specifically designed to harm a device, the software it's running, or its users.

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Unwanted Software

In 2014, we added protection against a broad category of harmful technology that we now call “Unwanted Software”: for example, programs disguised as helpful downloads that actually make unexpected changes to your computer like switching your homepage or other browser settings to ones you don’t want.

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Social Engineering

Since 2005, Safe Browsing has protected users across the web from Social Engineering attacks. A Social Engineering attack tricks users into performing an action that they normally would not if they knew the true identity of the attacker. A common example is Phishing, where a page tries to steal a user's password or other personal data.

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Safe Browsing is a Google service that lets client applications check URLs against Google's constantly updated lists of unsafe web resources. Examples of unsafe web resources are social engineering sites (phishing and deceptive sites) and sites that host malware or unwanted software. Come see what's possible.

With Safe Browsing you can:

  • Check pages against our Safe Browsing lists based on platform and threat types.
  • Warn users before they click links in your site that may lead to infected pages.
  • Prevent users from posting links to known infected pages from your site.

Google Safe Browsing Test

The Safe Browsing API is for non-commercial use only. If you need to use APIs to detect malicious URLs for commercial purposes - meaning 'for sale or revenue-generating purposes' - please refer to the Web Risk API.