google warn deceptiveWe’re sure that there are times you come across rather misleading ads that looks like they have been purposely designed to look like legitimate download buttons. Or sometimes there are ads that are designed to look like popup windows, warnings us that our computers are out of date and that we should update them.

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Chances are if you have been surfing the web long enough, you know what to look out for and what not to click, but Google has decided to lend a helping hand and will now warn users that they are about to visit a website that contains such deception. According to Google, ”Today, we’re expanding Safe Browsing protection to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like social engineering ads.”

This is essentially an extension of its Safe Browsing protective feature that in addition to warning about deceptive ads, will also be able to warn users that a website might contain malware or might trick them into installing unwanted pieces of software. If you do encounter such a site, you will be greeted by the warning message you see above.

Of course you can proceed to the page normally, but we suppose you should be careful of what you click. Sometimes looking to the bottom left (or right) of your browser to see where the link/button will take you can also clue you in as to whether you’re clicking a proper link or an ad designed to look like a link.

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