Google Warns Users About a Dangerous Website Called Google.com

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You’ve got to admire Google’s honesty. Right now, the company’s own safe browsing tool is flagging “google.com” as partially dangerous. Does that mean your computer is doomed if you need to Google search for “that funny video you saw that one time about a cat or something?” Likely no, Google—like lots of websites—is just unsafe when in the wrong hands.

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Here are the specific reasons why Google.com is partially dangerous:

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Google’s diagnosis essentially explains that Google.com can be a platform for people trying to scam you, whether forcing you to download malicious software or redirecting to unsafe sites. As one Redditor pointed out, Bing.com is fine. (But then you’d have to use Bing.com which is bad in its own way.)

Really this Google update is just another reminder that web browsing is never 100 percent safe, even if a site is owned by one of the largest technology companies to ever exist. Practice safe surfing, and to echo Google’s own Douglas Adams-inspired advice: Don’t Panic.

[Reddit via Boing Boing]

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(But then you’d have to use Bing.com which is bad in its own way.)

I use Bing as my default search engine. It’s actually really nice.

1) Ain’t like I can’t switch back on the few occasions it doesn’t work as well as Google.

2) Bing Rewards pays me to use Bing. (Full disclosure: Referral link). If Google wants to toss me a share of the ad money, I’ll be all ‘bout that.