In its fight against malware, Microsoft has improved Bing’s ability to warn users against malware and phishing attacks. The search engine has been warning users about malware for a long time, but it used to display only generic warnings covering all of the different malware threat types.
In order to keep its users better informed, Bing now gives more details about the type of threat users are facing. Moreover, webmasters also receive notifications when a threat is detected, which enables them to clean their site faster by providing them with detailed information as to why their site was flagged.
Phishing is a dishonest practice where hackers design fake websites to look like the legitimate ones and trick users into entering confidential information such as passwords or credit cards. When Bing suspects an URL of phishing, a warning will appear, informing users that the site might steal personal information.
As far as malware attacks are concerned, some sites are not malicious in themselves, and they simply link to malicious binaries. Other websites do cause infections just by visiting them. The new warning window now specifically calls out pages safe to visit as long as links are not clicked.
The most important change can be seen on the webmaster’s dashboard. Webmasters can now see which binaries are causing the warning, and remove the harmful links.
These extra-security features for Bing landed at the right time and will definitely reassure Windows 10 users. A series of cybersecurity scandals emerged lately, revealing that hackers managed to steal confidential information from users. More than 65 million Tumblr passwords leaked to hackers, over 427 million Myspace accounts were stolen by hackers and are now on sale for $2,800, and a zero-day vulnerability that affects all Windows versions was brought to light.
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