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Google Safe Browsing now protects users from social engineering attacks

by AshwinNovember 14, 2015

Google is no stranger to combat online threats, the Mountain View company has long been protecting its users using several kinds of online safety protocols.

Google Chrome Social Engineering

This includes the likes of various tools like Anti-spam and Anti-phishing methods, which it uses in its services.

The latter is achieved through the company’s browsing system, which is called Safe Browsing. Google proudly states that it has protected (and continues to) over 1 Billion people from online attacks for a whopping eight years.

As time progresses, safety protocols evolve, and sadly so do attack methods. From malvertising (malicious ads) to PUPs (Potentially unwanted programs), the internet is now infested with a lot of new dangerous content. The most common form of online attacks, which users fall for, are phishing campaigns.

These occur through various methods, from random spam emails, email spear phishing, where an attacker pretends to be someone you know, to get you to click on a link, which grants them access to your email. But a more serious threat is now appearing on the web, called social engineering.

Social engineering attacks are actually similar to spear phishing, in that the attacker pretends to be an entity you are accustomed to, (a bank, Government, etc). But instead of gaining access to your email account, these attacks ususally end up serving malware or install a PUP app on the user’s computer.

Google says that attackers are using its own logo and brand names to trick users and end up phishing them. The Mountain View company states that malicious content are disguised to look like they are coming from Google Chrome, which could fool users.

Google says that it isn’t the only company whose name, is being misused by attackers, there are apparently many good companies who are victims to such deceptive tactics.

Google has provided a way for users to report pages incorrectly flagged as a phishing website. And of course, you can report a dangerous website to Google, and thus help it save many innocent users.

Google Chrome Social Engineering 2

Check the screenshot above, for that is the example of the warning sign, which Google will display in its Chrome browser, when the user visits a webpage which contains social engineering content. Chrome isn’t the only one which attackers use to trick users, malicious websites are often disguised to look like Gmail, Google.com, which can only be spotted by someone with a keen eye. Always look out for the URL, the HTTPS in the address and the appearance of the web elements on the page to ensure you are on the legit site.

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