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Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page released


Receptional Andy

5:09 pm on May 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Google Security Blog has announced the release of the "Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page" to allow webmasters to see why pages might be flagged as 'harmful'.

...we've developed a Safe Browsing diagnostic page that will provide detailed information about our automatic investigations and findings

Google Security Blog [googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com]

This follows hot on the heels of the Yahoo/McAfee tagging of Y! search results (SearchScan [webmasterworld.com]), and is perhaps a reflection of a level of competition to provide the 'safest' results.

They don't appear to be offering an interface for the results, but you can test a page via URL changes, e.g.:



6:01 pm on May 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

the Yahoo/McAfee tagging of Y! search results (SearchScan)

Which famously tagged google.com as a purveyor of "Dangerous Downloads" (see TechCrunch).

Google's approach seems much better, but I am alarmed at the way so many anti-virus vendors are now intruding on the SERPs, and in some cases flagging sites they have not even inspected as "Suspicious".


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