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Google will block more sites for fake downloads

Google will block more sites for fake downloads
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Have you heard of Google Safe Browsing? For more than eight years, Google has been finding unsafe websites and alerting people that these unsafe sites may cause you or your devices harm. (Photo above.)

Google estimates that Safe Browsing alerts protect "tens of millions" of online users from harm every week. Often, Google Safe Browsing alerts people to phishing scams.

Those are scams where cybercriminals trick you into sharing your ID, like your name and Social Security number. Or they take you to a malicious website, then infect your computer with malware.

In traditional phishing scams, cybercriminals deceive you by using the logos and letterhead of companies your respect, or government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service that get your attention. In November, Google expanded its focus beyond phishing scams to protect you against what it calls Social Engineering Attacks.

This is Web content that's designed to look like it comes from a trusted company. Now, Google has added alerts for "social engineering ads," which are images or buttons that cybercriminals use to trick you into clicking on a link. Google is sharing some examples of social engineering ads, like this one.

Google Safe Browsing

Next page: More examples of unsafe content; An alert for Web publishers
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