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Google’s new Web Risk API protects apps from malicious URLs

Google’s new Web Risk API protects apps from malicious URLs

Google has added more security features to its cloud platform. These include the Web Risk API, which is a service for developers who want to build extra security into their applications. The function is now available as a beta version, reports Silicon Angle.

Web Risk API lets client applications check URLs against Google’s list of unsafe web routes. These include fake websites used in phishing attacks and websites known to host malware. The API is built on the same technology as that behind Google’s Safe Browsing feature, and can help warn of over a million unsafe URLs.

“Web Risk API allows you to quickly identify known bad websites, warn users before they click on a link in your website that may go to infected pages, and prevent users from linking to known malicious pages from your site,” said Jennifer Lin, director of product management at Google Cloud.

Cloud Armor

In addition, Google makes its Cloud Armor service publicly available. Cloud Armor is a DDoS protection service and web application firewall launched as a beta last year. The service is based on technologies that the Internet giant uses to protect important services such as Gmail, Search and YouTube.

The new version of Cloud Armor will also have a new dashboard that can be viewed via the Stackdriver Monitoring service. The dashboard should make it easier to monitor and analyze traffic protected by Cloud Armor. This allows security teams to better understand how effective their policies are.

It also lets users evaluate the potential impact of new policies in a preview before they are actually introduced.

Cloud HSM

Finally, Google is making its Cloud HSM available in more regions. HSM stands for “hardware security modules”, and is used as an extra layer of protection for IT systems, especially in vulnerable industries such as financial services. The problem with HSMs is that it’s not easy to deploy them, and that’s where Google is trying to help.

With Cloud HSM, the company basically offers a fully managed service, allowing Google to provide server cluster management, scaling and upgrade tasks. Before, Cloud HSM was only available in a few American regions. Now the HSM is also available at several European locations.

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