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Google rolls out phishing and malware detection for Android users

Originally posted on mashable.

Some Android users have spotted a “Safe Browsing” feature.

Google is working on a new Android feature that protects you from phishing attempts and malware.

Android expert Mishaal Rahman was tipped off about an “Android Safe Browsing” page that showed up on some Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices. According to the screenshots sent it in, Safe Browsing alerts users to security threats. “For example, you might get an alert if you tap a link in your news app that would take you to a known phishing site.”

On the same page, users also spotted a “Use live threat protection” feature. When this is toggled on, this will apparently ensure “more accurate threat detection.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission, phishing scams often come in the form of emails or text messages. They include urgent actions like clicking on a link to update your payment information or verify your identity based on alleged suspicious activity.

Rahman explained that Android Safe Browsing likely works by cross-checking apps and sites through Google Play Services’ list of known threats via the SafetyNet Safe Browsing API. Since Google Play Services provides the feature, it will automatically be included as part of an Android update. Per Tech Radar, the alert will tell you about the suspicious link so you can decided whether or not to proceed.

Google has already begun rolling out this feature, since the page appears in some users’ privacy and security settings. For those Android users who haven’t yet received the feature, stay vigilant, and avoid clicking on any sketchy links.

Source: mashable

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