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Google sneaks in upgrade of Safe Browsing API, says it's been guarding some users for months

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Google s Emily Schechter and Alex Wozniak, of its Safe Browsing team, said on Friday that new versions of the Safe Browsing APIs v4 are available.

Since then, web surfers have shifted away from primarily using desktops and notebooks for accessing the Internet to depending on tablets and smartphones on a day-to-day basis.

Because of that, Google has optimized Safe Browsing for the mobile device user, providing maximum protection per bit to ultimately save everyone time and money.

The new version of the protocol actually launched in December by way of the Safe Browsing client baked into the Android version of Google s web browser, Chrome, as of version 46.

For the former, apps using this API can send URLs to the Safe Browsing server to see if they re safe or unsafe.

Version 4 clients can now define constraints such as geographic location, platform type, and data caps to use bandwidth and device resources as efficiently as possible, the team said in Friday s blog.

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