Bing's Malware Warnings Get More Specific
Microsoft will alert users of its search engine not only when they're about to visit dangerous Websites, but also what types of malware await them.Bing users who are about to venture to Websites that pose a risk to their security are already familiar with the generic malware warning that Microsoft shows them in the hopes that they turn back or at least proceed with caution. On June 3, Microsoft announced that its search engine now provides more informative notifications, alerting both users and Webmasters about the specific dangers they may encounter. "By refining the generic malware warning, Bing now gives more details about the type of threat the user is facing," wrote Microsoft Bing Program Manager Chad Foster in a June 3 blog post. "Furthermore, this improvement enables webmasters to clean their site quicker by having stronger insights into why their site was flagged." Instead of lumping sites that serve up malware and phishing sites together, the new warnings inform users of the particular risk each type of site poses. For example, when encountering a phishing Website, Bing cautions users that the site is intended to trick them into disclosing personal information and recommends that they click on another result. Similarly, sites that host or link to malicious software will be labeled as such. However, Bing now takes the extra step of explaining the difference.
"Sites might not always be malicious; however, they might link to malicious binaries. While safe to load into the browser, there is a hidden bomb waiting to be clicked," said Foster. "In contrast, some hacked pages cause infections just by visiting them." Bing will now indicate to users that the former is likely safe to visit as long as they refrain from clicking on links when they arrive.