Google has added a new level of protection for those using its search engine. The company announced recently that they will now begin putting out announcements and warnings for sites which have deceptive download buttons that don’t do exactly what they say, before users reach them. The warning is big and red, and will read “deceptive site ahead.” Google is putting out these warnings for sites which contain ads that try to falsely look like they are coming from your own computer, for example. They will also put out the warnings for sites with ads that try to get you to do something like give out a password or call a phone number for a tech support which is not exactly the tech support you are looking for at all.
In Google’s own words, they are “expanding Safe Browsing protection to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like social engineering ads.” It seems that Google hopes that they can stop users from downloading potentially harmful software, or getting viruses from sites they have been led to through Google. It’s nice that Google wants to give users a seamlessly positive experience, even after searchers have left the Google search site.
In addition, Google has been on a mission to disable ads that could lead to deceptive practice like fake downloads or viruses since February of this year. Thanks to these new developments, users can now browse a little easier. Even your grandmother who really believes there is a Prince in Nigeria who wants to give her a million dollars will be a bit safer on the web.
However, this also means that advertisers and those with websites have to make sure that their ads and sites are on the up and up when it comes to these issues. Are you on your game?
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