Warnings Created on Google Chrome for Social Engineering Sites
Google has created a warning for for Google Chrome users every time they visit a website/page that contains social engineering content.
“The threat landscape is constantly changing – bad actors on the web are using more and different types of deceptive behaviour to trick you into performing actions that you didn’t intend or want, so we’ve expanded protection to include social engineering,” Google’s Emily Schechter and Noé Lutz explained the move.
Social engineering sites include: sites that trick users into downloading and executing malware and unwanted software (fake updates); those that sport fake warning, instruct users to contact “tech support” via a given phone number; pages spoofed to look like login pages of popular services (always look at the URL name for deceiving letters or numbers, also the lack of https is a good indication that the site is not legitimate).
These alerts only show for websites that have already been flagged by Google. However, this list is regularly updated with newly spotted malicious sites by the Google Safe Browsing team, but that doesn’t mean that users should stop being careful.