Firefox checks downloads for malware using Google’s Safe Browsing




Mozilla has the degree of protection in Firefox 48 plus protection against downloads that may contain malicious code. For this, the browser uses Google’s Safe Browsing service.

Firefox logo Hitherto protected Firefox or against malicious websites through the same Google service, but not to download files. The current version of Firefox, number 48, already protects against downloading malware. The next version which opens in September, will protect Windows against even more potentially dangerous downloads by comparing the signature file with a list of known safe publishers.

As an example, gives Sid Stamm on the Firefox blog downloading the Firefox browser. It sends a piece of metadata to download Google’s Safe Browsing service where it is compared with the safety rated download from a known publisher, in this case Mozilla. When a user downloads Firefox from another site, Firefox compares the metadata with which the Safe Browsing database. When that is true, then there is nothing to worry about.

The first tests with the system seems to emerge that the amount of malware that may be halved through the mesh slips so. Users who do not anticipate using the service can turn it off in the settings.


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