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Google’s Safe Browsing Tool Marks Its Own Site Malicious

Google’s Safe Browsing Tool Marks Its Own Site Malicious

The world’s largest search engine Google seems to be ‘partially dangerous’. The reason is Google’s Safe Browsing tools has flagged its own homepage for hosting services that could be malicious. It seems like now those innumerable visitors can’t rely on Google solely. Well, it is surely hard to imagine Google has an unsafe site as this search giant processes 40,000 search queries every second on an average. This means Google gets over 3.5 billion searches per day and more than 1.2 trillion searches per year from across the globe.



What is Google’s Safe Browsing?

Safe Browsing technology used by Google examines billions of URLs every day in order to look for sites that could be unsafe. There are thousands of new unsafe sites which are discovered by Google’s Safe Browsing tools. After detection, they show warnings in the web browsers as well as Google Search. You can check whether a website is safe to visit or not by copying the URL in the Google’s Safe Browsing tools. This service will enable applications in order to check URLs against Google’s continuously updated lists of suspected malware, phishing as well as unwanted software pages.

Benefits of Safe Browsing Service

  1. Protects users from posting links to known phishing pages from your website.
  2. Checks the list of pages against lists of Google including malware, phishing, and undesirable software pages.
  3. Gives warnings to users before they click on links in your site that could be malware-infected pages.

Types of APIs for Safe Browsing Service

1. Safe Browsing Lookup API:

An experimental API, Safe Browsing Lookup API sets up the applications that send URLs to Google’s Safe Browsing to check their status.

2. Safe Browsing API v3:

This experimental API uses the applications in order to download an encrypted table for client-side lookups of URLs that are local and helps you to check it. This safe browsing version is used by several browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

This being the reason, we trust this tech giant for anything and everything. With a vast array of digital services provided by Google like Google Drive, Gmail, Google App, millions of people across the globe use this. We always assume if something is backed by Google, it will be trustworthy. Things got erratic when Google’s own URL i.e was added on the website of Google’s safe browsing tool, the results showed the current status as being partially dangerous. It also mentioned that web content and pages on Google’s website could install malware on visitors’ computers along with other details. As of Tuesday morning, the search giant flagged its own homepage and cited potentially scary problems.

However, this issue has now been rectified and when you will check the URL in the Google’s safe browsing tool, the reports will indicate that the site is perfectly fine and there are no dangerous elements (‘Not Dangerous’). Seems like there was a temporary glitch as why would Google flag its own URL as dangerous? However, this shows that nothing is completely safe on the internet.



“Some pages on this website install malware on visitors’ computers,” the Safe Browsing Site Status page warned. In addition to this, the page also cited that attackers on this site might try to trick you to download software or steal your information.”

However, Google refused to comment on the status of the site. But they suggested that some people have used Google services in order to host or link to something harmful and therefore, the tool flagged the whole domain as partially dangerous.

Users sometimes post bad content on websites that are normally safe,” the page explained.

Google is warning you to watch out for, well, Google. However, it is not clear for how long was under the ‘partially dangerous’ category. But Google is not the only one in the list. There are several other huge sites that thrive on user-generated content also labeled as unsafe and containing malicious content by Safe browsing at the moment. This includes sites like ‘’ and ‘’. The information posted on all these sites are probably ok but the nature of Safe Browsing’s scans for every minute thing that could be bad for the visitor.

In fact, Safe Browsing has one drawback. It doesn’t monitor in real time. Therefore, chances are the problems that are scanned by the Google’s Safe Browsing tools are already fixed. As per the service’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), webmasters can request their site be rescanned once the problem has been fixed and the status of the site will be updated in the next 24 hours if everything looks fine. Well, there might not be anything to worry about now.

Let us know if you experienced any such problem while searching on Google. You can also check the status of your website by copying the URL of the website or even manually putting it in the Google Safe Browsing tool and share with us in the comment section below.

Sakshi is a content marketer during the day and a reader by night. She writes content sprinkled with a twisted imagination. She has done her graduation in psychology from Delhi University and has an insane love for history.

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