Google has stayed away from alerting its Google Chrome browser users from downloading or installing but no longer so as it has joined Firefox and Explorer to alert the users whenever they attempt to download malware from unknown or unwanted website just before opening such websites.
The new feature in Google will help users to make out whether a particular website is a security risk or not and the warning against visiting such website or downloading software without its security certificate will be helpful for safebrwosing, it said.
In their security blog, Google engineer Lucas Ballard has posted info about the new feature saying Google now incorporates security signals warranting about deceptive sites, reducing the chance of the user visitng them via search results.
“SafeBrowsing helps keep you safe online and includes protection against unwanted software that makes undesirable changes to your computer or interferes with your online experience.”
This applies to ads as well and Google Chrome has effectively disabled such ads, said the blog. “We recently began to disable Google ads that lead to sites with unwanted software,” said Ballard.
For site owners, it has advised them to register the site with Google Webmaster tools to stay informed about something amiss about their sites, which may lead visitors to download unwanted software.
It further said, they recently expanded the feature in Chrome, Search, and Ads to keep the user safer from sites where some “nefarious” downloads are available. So, now Chrome will show you a new warning as shown below whenever you visit a site that encourages downloads of unwanted software.
The increasing incidents of browsers becoming vulnerable to cyber hacking and theft of personal information have, perhaps, prompted the search giant to go safe than leave it to the user entirely.
Earlier, it was easier to download such software bypassing the firewall and installing the malware on their computers. In many cases such malware leads to losing personal information, bank details, or fall prey to cyber crime.