Not all the websites we visit on the internet are safe. Some are just filled with ads and no real content and some are filled with malware ready to infect the computers that visit them. However, the good news is that Google has launched a new Chrome extension that will allow users to report websites that they think are suspicious.
While Google can’t actually take any websites down, or at least websites that aren’t hosted using their services, by reporting websites, it could remove them from search results which means that it is less likely that users will click on its link. Given how big Google is, there is no doubt that any changes they make can and will have an impact on websites.
According to Google, “By clicking the icon, you’re now able to report unsafe sites to Safe Browsing for further evaluation. If the site is added to Safe Browsing’s lists, you’ll not only protect Chrome users, but users of other browsers and across the entire web.” The extension is called Site Reporter and can be downloaded and installed via the Chrome Web Store.
For those who are unfamiliar with adding or managing their Chrome extensions, you can check out our guide which will teach you how to better manage them.