IT companies unite against illegal online hate speech

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft have taken up the mantle to curb harmful speech on their platforms. The latest company to join this cause is Instagram, the popular image-sharing social media network among teens.

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A week in security (Sep 04 – Sep 10)

A compilation of notable security news and blog posts from September 4th to September 10th. This week, we talked about a fake Pokémon Go app, a Mac OSX junk app, and some new Google Safe Browsing updates.

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Google empowers website owners with added security features

The Google Safe Browsing service is used by a number of other technologies to check threats against. These include Google’s own products, such as Chrome and Android, and browsers like Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

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Tech support scams and Google Chrome tricks

In this article we take a look at some tricks that target Google Chrome users to dupe them with the infamous tech support scam pop ups. In particular, we examine the fake address bar and alert dialogs which people have come to trust and yet can be deceiving.

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Google’s featured snippets abused by SEO scammers

Online crooks are abusing Google’s featured snippets via compromised websites that redirect to bogus online stores. Because of their prominent placement, Blackhat SEO miscreants are extremely interested in featured snippets as they can capture a large amount of traffic and redirect it to any site of their choosing.

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