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Google Blocking Websites with Deceitful Download Buttons

Back in November, we were informed that Google would be warning us of any deceptive tactics from social engineering ads. This week, Google stated that they will be blocking entry to any websites that have deceitful download buttons or forms of deceitful embedded information.

Examples that Google included were:

  • Trying to persuade you to complete an action with a trusted entity. For example, entering your password or calling a support line.
  • Claiming to look or act like a trusted entity. This could be anything from your browser, device or a website.

If you encounter one of these websites, you can expect the following warning:

“Deceptive site ahead

Attackers on REDACTED WEBSITE may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards)”

You then have the option to report details of the security incident to Google.

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