Google to take on unwanted, fake download buttons and ads

Google, creators of the popular web browser ‘Chrome’ have announced plans to begin to tackle one of the more common issues on the internet – the fake download button.

In recent years, more and more commonly, when you attempt to download a program or media, you end up being confronted with multiple download buttons, and very little to point you towards the correct one and away from the adverts. But all that is about to change and Google announces plans to being to tackle the issue within its Chrome web browser.

The browser already protects against ‘social engineering’ attacks, were a site pretends to be another site in a attempt to gain login credentials, bank details or other personal information.

Google announced “Consistent with the social engineering policy we announced in November, embedded content (like ads) on a web page will be considered social engineering”. This comes as good news for most everyday users, helping to make the browsing experience more secure, but when it comes to website creators who are financed by advertising space rentals there could be an issue although google does provide a mechanism for reporting false positives.

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