Google Expanding Safe Browsing To Increase Protection Against Fake Downloading Or Play Buttons

Over the years, we have seen Google expanding its Safe Browsing features. Last December, Safe Browsing has completely rolled out to Android users as part of the update to Chrome and Google Play services. Today, the company is expanding it in order to protect it against deceptive download buttons, which are increasingly being found around the web.
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Last November, Google got hostile against social engineering attacks, which are more varied and numerous in comparison to traditional phishing schemes. Pages which pretend to be trusted entities or trick users into doing something, like entering their password, will be considered as social engineering. In addition to this, buttons which trick the users into downloading or updatingsoft ware will now fall into this similar category. Safe Browsing is now being updated to show its usual bright red warning pages against such tricks.
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Google in its official blog states,
“Today, we’re expanding Safe Browsing protection to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like social engineering ads.”
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Google is also going on the attack against embedded content, usually ads, which claim that particular software is old and needs an update, ads which mimic dialogue boxes from trusted developers, and buttons which act as media controls. The latter is widely used and seen on video sites and are often indistinguishable from the site’s own controls.
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Google states,
“If visitors to your web site consistently see social engineering content, Google Safe Browsing may warn users when they visit the site. If your site is flagged for containing social engineering content, you should troubleshoot with Search Console.”

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