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Repeat Offender: Google Flags Safe Browsing Violators for 30 Days

Posted on 11.08.2016

Google has long flagged sites that violate its malware, phishing and other policies, but once the warning expired (or were removed), those "bad actors" simply resumed their ways and users were none the wiser. 

The search engine is now flagging those that violate its policies as repeat offenders and there won't be any way to appeal the warnings for at least 30 days. 


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Google did indicate that hacked websites will not be classified as repeat offenders, rather, only those sites that "purposefully post harmful content" will be subject to the new policy

A Google Search warning will most definitely dissuade a lot of users from clicking anything on sites flagged in this way. What's more, Google Chrome will also put up another warning page that will probably convince the majority of users to not enter a dangerous site anyway.

Take note if you're a repeat offender though as it appear that Google will be watching (closely) moving forward. 

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