Wednesday November 09, 2016

Protecting Users From Repeatedly Dangerous Sites

Google says that it has made changes to its Safe Browsing search policy and will now slap warning labels on sites it deems "repeat offenders" for 30 days. Google found that some sites that were intentionally hosting malware would only comply with Google long enough to get the warning removed and then go right back to hosting malware. Imagine that.

As a result of this gap in user protection, we have adjusted our policies to reduce risks borne by end-users. Starting today, Safe Browsing will begin to classify these types of sites as "Repeat Offenders." With regards to Safe Browsing-related policies, Repeat Offenders are websites that repeatedly switch between compliant and policy-violating behavior for the purpose of having a successful review and having warnings removed. Please note that websites that are hacked will not be classified as Repeat Offenders; only sites that purposefully post harmful content will be subject to the policy.