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Fostering research on new web security threats

Posted by Artur Janc and terjanq, Information Security Engineers The web is an ecosystem built on openness and composability. It is an excellent platform for building capable applications, and it powers thousands of services created and maintained by engineers at Google that are depended on by billions of users. However, the web's open design also...

Announcing our open source security key test suite

Posted by Fabian Kaczmarczyck, Software Engineer, Jean-Michel Picod, Software Engineer and Elie Bursztein, Security and Anti-abuse Research LeadSecurity keys and your phone’s built-in security keys are reshaping the way users authenticate online. These technologies are trusted by a growing number of websites to provide phishing-resistant two-factor...

Privacy-preserving features in the Mobile Driving License

Posted by David Zeuthen, Shawn Willden and René Mayrhofer, Android Security and Privacy team In the United States and other countries a Driver's License is not only used to convey driving privileges, it is also commonly used to prove identity or personal details. Presenting a Driving License is simple, right? You hand over the card to the individual...

Fuzzing internships for Open Source Software

Posted by Abhishek Arya, Chrome Security teamOpen source software is the foundation of many modern software products. Over the years, developers increasingly have relied on reusable open source components for their applications. It is paramount that these open source components are secure and reliable, as weaknesses impact those that build upon it....

Privacy-Preserving Smart Input with Gboard

Posted by Yang Lu, Software Engineer, Angana Ghosh, Group Product Manager, and Xu Liu, Director of Engineering, Gboard team Google Keyboard (a.k.a Gboard) has a critical mission to provide frictionless input on Android to empower users to communicate accurately and express themselves effortlessly. In order to accomplish this mission, Gboard must also...

New Password Protections (and more!) in Chrome

Posted by AbdelKarim Mardini, Senior Product Manager, Chrome Passwords are often the first line of defense for our digital lives. Today, we’re improving password security on both Android and iOS devices by telling you if the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised, and if so, how to fix them. To check whether you have any compromised...

Announcing the launch of the Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative

Posted by Kylie McRoberts, Program Manager and Alec Guertin, Security Engineer Google’s Android Security & Privacy team has launched the Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative (APVI) to manage security issues specific to Android OEMs. The APVI is designed to drive remediation and provide transparency to users about issues we have discovered...

Lockscreen and Authentication Improvements in Android 11

Posted by Haining Chen, Vishwath Mohan, Kevin Chyn and Liz Louis, Android Security Team[Cross-posted from the Android Developers Blog] As phones become faster and smarter, they play increasingly important roles in our lives, functioning as our extended memory, our connection to the world at large, and often the primary interface for communication with...

Improved malware protection for users in the Advanced Protection Program

Posted by Daniel Rubery, Software Engineer, Chrome, Ryan Rasti, Software Engineer, Safe Browsing, and Eric Mill, Product Manager, Chrome SecurityGoogle’s Advanced Protection Program helps secure people at higher risk of targeted online attacks, like journalists, political organizations, and activists, with a set of constantly evolving safeguards that...

Announcing new reward amounts for abuse risk researchers

Posted by Marc Henson, Lead and Program Manager, Trust & Safety; Anna Hupa, Senior Strategist, at GoogleIt has been two years since we officially expanded the scope of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP) to include the identification of product abuse risks.Thanks to your work, we have identified more than 750 previously unknown product abuse...

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