Google Search Trying to Slam Spam with New Security Warnings

Trending topics have always been fodder for black hat SEOs. On any given trending search (Prince William’s engagement is the most recent example), there are a handful of malicious sites that rank very highly. Even searching for virus removal related topics yields high returns of malware-infested sites. Google has revamped its warning system to alert users to potential threats, giving notice of sites that are, or may be, “compromised.”

Google’s current warning system displays a message when the search engine detects malware for a particular site. “This site may harm your computer,” is the warning searchers see.  f they opt to click through anyway, they will see another message with the following options: return to previous page, click to see what problems Google has detected, or, if you own the website in question, contact Google. What is not presented as an option is clicking through to the site.

This warning will remain in place. To it, Google as added the compromise alert. When the search engine finds parts of a site that are not under the official owner’s control, it issues a notice telling users “This site may be compromised.” What’s the difference, though, between the security warnings? Unlike the warning that will not allow you to click through to the site, the compromise warning is just that: it alerts you to the possibility of malware, but you are still able to navigate to the site via that link. Security experts recommend that should you enter such a site, you do not enter in any personal or financial information unless you are completely certain it is a legitimate website.

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