With the online world becoming increasingly popular, the need for security has increased as well. In an attempt to provide extra security to its users, Google has introduced a new security feature. To refrain users from clicking on websites that may have been hacked, Google provides a notification or alert. If a web site could possibly be hacked, a warning signal will be displayed saying, “This site may be compromised”. The site hacking notifications will appear only when necessary.
Previously, Google would alert its users against sites that were infected with malware by showing a warning message saying, “This site may harm your computer”. This proved to be of great advantage to users, who were saved from clicking on infected sites.
After a user see the notification, he/she can click on it and will be redirected to an article in Google’s Help Center. This article provides an explanation of the threat. The article will explain the reason behind the Google’s decision to display such a warning against a site.
Hackers can cause a lot of problems. They can make changes to a site, such as addition of new pages or links. They can alter the content of some pages to lure visitors in disclosing personal information and then using it for personal profit. Hackers can also compromise a site to achieve high ranking in search engines. After getting a top ranking, they are able to spread their malicious intent and harm more and more users.
Google’s new site hacking notifications are a great way to ensure security. For some, this heightened security measure can damage the reputation of a site. However, Google states that the warning message will be removed once the problem is sorted out.