[SATLUG] Browser secretly connecting to Google

Henry Pugsley henry.pugsley at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 16:41:47 CST 2009

On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Don Davis <dondavis at reglue.org> wrote:
> I didn't know that my browser secretly communicated with Google. This
> morning I saw that my browser had unexpectedly opened a connection to an ip
> address. I did a reverse DNS look up and it was google. I started a tcpdump
> session to figure out watch was being sent to google when I wasn't on. Then
> I learned about: POST./safebrowsing/downloads and goog-phish-shavar and
> goog-malware-shavar.
> http://code.google.com/p/google-safe-browsing/wiki/Protocolv2Spec
> I don't mind so much, but I wish my browser had offered control over the
> connection or given me a choice. Am I behind the curve on this one?

You opted in when you enabled the safebrowsing feature in your browser
:) It downloads lists of phishing sites the same way antivirus updates
virus signatures.


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