Those tactical and trickish download link buttons you do see around trying to lure people into installing unwanted software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards) will soon be over. I mean the Click HERE to download, Download Here or Download now buttons you click unintentionally just to know if it is the real download link. I can boldly say that even many internet literates had fallen for this trick before, and I am not excluded.
Google today is now expanding its Safe Browsing protection program to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like ads found on Social Medias and Websites.
How You Will Get Affected
If Google detects that your website contains social engineering content (content that tricks visitors into doing something dangerous, like revealing confidential information or downloading software), the Chrome browser may display a “Deceptive site ahead” warning when visitors view your site. You can check if any pages on your site are suspected of containing social engineering attacks by visiting the Security Issues report.
A social engineering attack happens when either:
- The content pretends to act, or looks and feels, like a trusted entity — like a browser, operating system, bank, or government.
- The content tries to trick you into doing something you’d only do for a trusted entity — like sharing a password, calling tech support, or downloading software.