Google Chrome will guard you against fake download buttons

Google Chrome defending you against fake download buttons on phishing websites
Google Chrome defending you against fake download buttons on phishing websites

They are normally very big download buttons when you are trying to download a free piece of software. These download buttons mostly lead you to malware or deceptive links and unless you’re very particular, you will end up clicking them thinking that you are going to be able to download the software that you want to download. Many of these large fake download buttons are animated and they draw your attention the moment you land on the page. Many think it is just to encourage you to click the button so that it’s easier for you to get the needed software. It’s a big deception.

Google Chrome is going to put a stop to that. It is going to guard you against those fake download buttons. The Google Chrome update was rolled out on Wednesday. It’s an extension of Google’s Safe Browsing mode that is turned on by default in the browser. In case it isn’t turned on (or you turned it off by mistake) just go to Settings, then click Show advanced settings… and under the Privacy section, if the checkbox “Protect you and your device from dangerous sites” is unchecked, check it.

This feature was already warning you whenever you tried to access shady websites, but from now onwards, Google Chrome will show a red warning page when you use the browser to open a website that has fake download buttons. It will warn you, “Deceptive site ahead. Attackers on (the site) may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).

What if your website unfairly gets marked as a “deceptive” website? On this link Google explains what to do in case Google Chrome begins to recognize your website as a site that contains fake download buttons and begins to warn people, terrorizing them in the process. This would be the last thing you would need for your business website.

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