Back in 2007, Google announced malware and phishing protection via Safe Browsing effort. The company moving a step further extending this protection not only to its own search results but also to popular web browser includes its own Chrome, and others, Firefox and Safari. The company pushing its anti-malware technology into new areas, including plans to scan Chrome extensions, or plug-ins found in the Chrome Web Store, for malware. The search giant reveals the numbers behind some of its anti-malware initiatives:
- Google finds about 9,500 new malicious Web sites per day, either innocent ones that have been compromised by hackers or sites built specifically to distribute malware or for phishing.
- About 600 million users of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari see several million warnings per day about malware and phishing on sites the users are about to visit.
- About 12 million to 14 million Google Search queries per day display the warning that sites are compromised.
- Google provides malware warnings for about 300,000 download per day through its download protection service for Chrome.
- Google sends thousands of notices to Webmasters daily and to ISPS about malware they need to remove or protect users from.
- Phishing pages are often removed within an hour of their detection.