GOOGLE WARNS ON UNSAFE WEBSITES

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GOOGLE WARNS ON UNSAFE WEBSITES

 user 2006-08-08 at 11:31:00 am Views: 68
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    Google warns on ‘unsafe’ websites
    Google
    has started warning users if they are about to visit a webpage that
    could harm their computer.The warning will pop up if users click on a
    link to a page known to host spyware or other malicious programs.The
    initiative comes out of a larger project cataloguing programs that
    plague people with unwanted ads, spy on web habits or steal personal
    data.Google is one of several companies trying to act as an “in-flight
    adviser” to ensure people stay safe online.The warnings will be seen by
    anyone using the search engine who clicks on a link to a site
    identified as harmful by the Stop Badware coalition.Google, PC maker
    Lenovo and Sun set up this initiative in January 2006 to identify
    dangerous software and the websites that try to trick people into
    installing these malicious programs.Initially the warnings seen via the
    search site will be generic and simply alert people to the fact that a
    site has been flagged as dangerous. Eventually the warnings will become
    more detailed as Stop Badware researchers visit harmful sites and
    analyse how they try to subvert users’ machines.The warning suggests
    that people try a different site but if they want to continue to the
    potentially dangerous webpage Google will not stop them.A research
    report released in May 2006 looked at the safety of the results
    returned by a search and found that, on average, 4-6% of the sites had
    harmful content on them.For some keywords, such as “free screensavers”
    the number of potentially dangerous sites leapt to 64%.The research
    report was partly sponsored by McAfee’s SiteAdvisor which also warns
    people when they are about to visit potentially harmful sites.Another
    company ScanSafe has also created the Scandoo search engine which
    overlays its warnings on results produced via Google and MSN.”Most
    dodgy websites that have spyware or are infected with viruses come
    through search,” said Eldar Tuvey, chief executive of ScanSafe.
    “Because they are the ones that people do not know as well and find
    through searching.