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Google targets fake ‘download’ and ‘play’ buttons

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  1. gh0st_0

    gh0st_0 Senior Member

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    Well this is bad -.-


    Google says it will go to war against the fake 'download' and 'play' buttons that attempt to deceive users on file-sharing and other popular sites. An extension of its 'Safe Browsing' initiative launched eight years ago and tweaked last November, the moves will see users increasingly warned when Google and Chrome users are faced with deceptive practices.


    https://torrentfreak.com/images/fake-buttons.png​

    The aim on most file-sharing and streaming sites is for users to either download or play content, whether that?s the former to their hard drive or the latter in a YouTube-style window.
    It should be straightforward but all too often users are presented with an array of buttons, all of which claim to either ?download? or ?play? when in reality only one actually does anything useful. In conjunction with suspect advertisers, it appears that some site operators are happy to send users down a rabbit hole of frustration.
    Users pressing the wrong buttons (and there are millions of them) often end up on dodgy sites pushing unwanted software or offering get rich quick schemes, subscription traps, or worse. But now, thanks to Google, their prevalence might be somewhat curtailed on file-sharing sites and other popular locations such as Facebook.


    https://torrentfreak.com/images/fake-but-1.png​


    According to a new announcement from the company titled ?No More Deceptive Download Buttons?, Google says it will expand its eight-year-old Safe Browsing initiative to target some of the problems highlighted above.
    ?You may have encountered social engineering in a deceptive download button, or an image ad that falsely claims your system is out of date. Today, we?re expanding Safe Browsing protection to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like social engineering ads,? the company says.
    Those receiving protection from Google and its Chrome browser will be presented with a message similar to the one below.

    https://torrentfreak.com/images/deceptive-google.png


    In order to qualify as part of a social engineering attack, content embedded in webpages must demonstrate a key feature ? an attempt to lure the user into a false sense of security by masquerading as something they would ordinarily trust.
    For example, content falling foul of Google?s rules would be that which acts or feels like a user?s own device or web browser, or even pretends to be part of the website the user is on. Content that tries to trick the user into doing something it would only normally do for a trusted third-party (such as sharing a password or calling tech support) will also be targeted.


    https://torrentfreak.com/images/fake-flash.png​


    In our https://torrentfreak.com/some-pirate-sites-have-little-respect-for-their-users-160124/ detailing sites that employ some of these practices, we highlighted those that mislead the user into thinking they need to update software (such as Flash or a media player) to play a video.
    Google says that these kinds of techniques will also become a target for its systems.
    ?Our fight against unwanted software and social engineering is still just beginning,? Google https://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/no-more-deceptive-download-buttons.html. ?We?ll continue to improve Google?s Safe Browsing protection to help more people stay safe online.?
    In 2015 Google took action against major torrent sites on at least two key occasions, once in https://torrentfreak.com/chrome-blocks-major-torrent-sites-over-harmful-programs-150710/ and again in https://torrentfreak.com/chrome-and-firefox-block-kickasstorrents-over-harmful-programs-151009/. The warning messages were triggered by Google?s ?https://www.google.com/intl/en/about/company/unwanted-software-policy.html? scanner which flags websites that pose a potential danger to visitors. The issues were remedied when the sites weeded out some bad advertisers.
    Google?s campaign will not just affect file-sharing sites though. The same kinds of techniques are being used all over the web and the tech giant hopes to get involved no matter where they appear.
    https://torrentfreak.com/google-targets-fake-download-and-play-buttons-160204/
     
  2. Venturi

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    If its bad then its bad for you're revenue.

    Personally i thinks its a good step, there is nothing worse than trying to download something and having and infested auto installer on my computer.

    I make a point of avoiding any download page thats full of "download here" buttons especially when the real download is a link rather than a button
     
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  3. gh0st_0

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    As it turns out they will also target fake play buttons that ppl put on images and post it on facebook.
     
  4. TyphoonAgency

    TyphoonAgency Regular Member

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    The reason some tools are free though is the ad money they make. If Google cracks down on webmasters you will see less ad revenue and more softwares you have to pay for.
     
  5. Capo Dei Capi

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    Software could be getting sponsors as a way to earn revenue, where the sponsor company gets their name in the software name and logo on the loading screen.
     
  6. Jack Torrance

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    They certainly do p*ss me off to no end, but I have learned how to avoid them now.
     
  7. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I was just about to comment on how Facebook should start targeting those fake play buttons as well (and the slow ad-plagued slideshow sites), even though it's usually easy to spot out.