Don’t be Fooled by Bad Links in Google Search Results
Unfortunately, the Google search engine doesn’t block malicious websites, scams, or malware by default. Find out how you can be safer while searching Google.
It is not uncommon for a fraudulent ad or malicious link to pop up in Google’s search results. Google doesn’t automatically block websites that are insecure or malicious in nature. To browse the web more safely, you should use DFNDR’s Anti-Hacking feature. Once activated, you’ll be blocked from phishing-attempts and unsafe websites that will try to steal your money, install malware on your device, or compromise your private information. Click here to be safer online now:
Bad Links on Google
In February, a malicious, paid advertisement mimicking Amazon showed up on search results. It was ranked higher on the page than Amazon’s actual website ad. After clicking on the fake ad, users were redirected to a fake support website. Although the ad has since been removed by Google, it was still able to fool a large number of Google users. This shows that you should always be skeptical online, even if you trust your source.
You should also be sure to run regular virus scans on your device. When you don’t have time for a longer scan, perform a quick Security Scan on your device to check for any viruses, security breaches, or errors. The safety of your device should never be compromised simply because you don’t have the time to dedicate to a Full Virus Scan. Click here to quickly scan your device for malware:
The vastness of the Internet, in addition to ever-evolving malware, means that there are numerous opportunities for hackers to trick you or try to take advantage of you. If you find a link on Google’s search results that you believe is spam or malware, you should report the link immediately to Google. You’ll simply need to copy the link and paste it into a Google form, and add any comments about the link if desired.
Even with Anti-Hacking activated, you should get into the habit of making sure a URL is correct before you enter any personal information onto a website. Also, don’t click any unknown or seemingly known links from emails or social networking sites, especially if the language surrounding the link seems odd or suspicious. This goes for Google, too — if the website’s address or language seems SPAM-like, it would be best to avoid the website.