Google has announced it is going to war against the fake “download” and “play” buttons on websites which are only there to deceive users to click on advertisements.
In a blog post titled No More Deceptive Download Buttons, Google said it would protect people from social engineering attacks.
These attacks include deceptive tactics that try to trick you into doing something dangerous, like installing unwanted software or revealing your personal information.
“Today, we’re expanding Safe Browsing protection to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like social engineering ads,” said Google.
Consistent with the social engineering policy Google announced, embedded content on a web page will be considered social engineering when it:
  • Pretends to act, look, and feel like a trusted entity.
  • Tricks you into doing something you’d only do with a trusted entity, like sharing a password or calling tech support.
“Our fight is just beginning. We’ll continue to improve Google’s Safe Browsing protection to help more people stay safe online.”