The internet, obviously, isn’t the safest place to be. It’s plagued by a plethora of malicious and harmful content that anyone who isn’t aware of how they work will easily have a bad time ahead of themselves. Good guy Google, however, is on our side and as such is expanding its ways to protect your experience in surfing the web from the said content widely present in the internet.
The internet would easily make as the largest source of data, be it multimedia content or documents that are either paid or free. Social engineering takes advantage of this by creating a “deceptive” download button that activates a pop-up of a survey, another website, or who knows what other kinds of content that could trigger or open doors to viruses and such. Google’s Safe Browsing division has seen this going on as of late, and as such makes Chrome capable of flagging and displaying warnings whenever users enter websites with such content.
Google’s Safe Browsing division is continuously on the prowl for malicious content that plagues the internet. In November, Google also announced that Safe Browsing will protect users from attacks that involved social engineering, which are deceptive elements in webpages that trick users into revealing sensitive information or installing harmful programs.
Just last December, the team announced that its technologies have protected hundreds of millions of users that use Chrome as their default internet browser on their Android devices. Not only that, but the team has been warning users before they happen to chance upon websites that duplicate or copy others, which then would ask users personal information such as names and passwords.
If you’re running a website and you’re worried that you’ll be affected, Google Safe Browsing may still warn users if visitors consistently see social engineering content. To check out if your website contains such content, you can troubleshoot with the Search Console.