Google beefs up protection against unwanted software

A recent post on Google’s Online Security Blog describes security improvements to the Chrome browser, Google’s search engine, and Google’s advertising platform. The changes should make it easier for users to stay away from web sites known to contain unwanted (and presumed harmful) software.

Chrome now detects when you are about to visit a web site known to contain unwanted software, and displays a large red warning message.

Google’s search engine now decreases ranking for sites known to contain unwanted software. That means these kinds of sites should be less likely to appear in the first few pages of Google search results.

Google now checks all advertisements provided by its AdWords system, and disables any with links to sites with unwanted software. Additional details are available on Google’s Advertising Policies site. Google’s primary source of income is AdWords, so it’s comforting to see that they’re willing to take a financial hit (however small) to protect users.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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