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Google boosts Safe Browsing program by tagging repeat offenders

By Jos
Nov 9, 2016
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  1. Google already flags sites that violate its malware and phishing policies with a bright red screen warning users of potential harmful content should they proceed. But some times websites can game the Safe Browsing system by temporarily halting those activities, as for a review, and then going back to business when they get cleared. Now Google is looking to close that loophole by flagging such sites as "repeat offenders.”

    The status is reserved for sites that appear to intentionally spread malware, unwanted software, or phishing pages — not websites that have been hacked.

    Google will tell repeat offenders of their status in an email to their registered Search Console email address. Once flagged, sites will not be able to request verification through Google's search console for 30 days whether or not the malicious content has been removed.

    There's nothing stopping users from ignoring the warning and visiting the site anyway, but it will no doubt dissuade a lot of users, which translates into less advertising revenue for websites peddling malware and other malicious content.

    Google offers its Safe Browsing API to developers so the feature is not only present in a number of its own products, but third parties such as Firefox and Safari as well.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    An excellent approach. I already have this through my virus protector and it certainly will be more helpful than harmful ..... unless they abuse it to lock out other competitors .....
     
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,173   +577

    They kind of do use it already to block certain legit websites. A few tech websites that I go to that offer downloads on their forums are blocked. In general, anytime I go to any small website that has downloads directly through their own servers has that annoying red screen come up warning me. I also see the occasional HTTPS issue, where ironically sometimes google will say it's own connection isn't secure.
     
  4. fktech

    fktech TS Booster Posts: 114   +34

    What is this China? I'm being censored by Google and it's for my own good #@$%^!!!
     

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