Safe Browsing Protection from Even More Deceptive Attacks:
Google’s Safe Browsing service is pretty low-key. Many people probably don’t give it a second thought until their browser displays a warning message stating they are about to visit a deceptive site that may steal their personal details or install dangerous software. In an article posted last week on the Google Online Security Blog, Google Safe Browsing experts, Emily Schechter and Noé Lutz, provide an insight into this valuable service most of us take for granted and state it has been expanded to include social engineering.
Safe Browsing Protection Just Got Better
Google Safe Browsing has been offering free protection against traditional web-based phishing attacks for over eight years, but the perpetrators behind such attacks are very clever and keep getting sneakier. Even the most net-savvy of surfers can sometimes fall victim to clever deceptions that trick them into performing actions that can have catastrophic consequences. Fortunately, Google continues to improve Safe Browsing accordingly and has expanded the service to offer protection against social engineering.
Social engineering is a broader category than traditional phishing and the deceptions can be infinitely more convincing. Successful social engineering attacks may fool victims into believing they are dealing with a trusted entity, such as a bank, an internet service provider, or even Google. Then, believing they are on safe ground, victims are suckered into parting with passwords or other personal information.
The article on the Google Online Security Blog includes screenshots that show how clever some of the social engineering deceptions can be, and should be required reading for all internet users.
Author: Steve Calvert
Steve Calvert is a freelance writer based in the Netherlands. He has expertise in several niches, including health and fitness and internet marketing, and also has a good knowledge of SEO.