Google Search always tightening up its security features. This week they announced that websites with deceptive download buttons are no longer welcome in Google Search. If you happen to come across such sites displaying deceptive download buttons, Google will warn you with its “Deceptive site ahead” warning screen.
Google’s new feature will save you from deceptive sites that will trick you into downloading harmful software and stealing your personal information. Thanks to Google’s Safe Browsing program, those tricky and harmful download buttons are thing in the past now. Google define these sites as below.
- Pretend to act, or look and feel, like a trusted entity — like your own device or browser, or the website itself.
- Try to trick you into doing something you’d only do for a trusted entity — like sharing a password or calling tech support.
Here are some examples as Google Search defines “Deceptive Download Buttons“.
(Resource – https://security.googleblog.com/2016/02/no-more-deceptive-download-buttons.html)
We all have seen it. Clicking on these buttons won’t download or play the content, instead they will open bunch of unrelated downloads or advertisements.
This one is funny. It mimics the famous look of FLV Developer but download something totally different.
The classic Software Out of Date trick.
If you own a site that has affected by the “Deceptive Download Button” update, try troubleshooting with Google Search Console. But first, remove all the trickery content. Google Search Algorithm is always evolving and such tricky shortcuts to mislead the readers will only get your site banned.