Google’s motto may be “Do No Evil” but it does go beyond that in fighting evil too. I learned from Ionut Alex’s blog, Google Operating System, that Google and Sun Microsystems fund a non-profit anti-spyware group called StopBadware. One of Google’s contributions to the project is that it now provides Malware Warnings on Google Search Results. StopBadware.org explains its mission thus:
“The internet has the extraordinary capacity to allow anyone, anywhere, to develop software, and to instantly distribute it, without cost, throughout the world. StopBadware.org was established in an effort to preserve this positive ability to generate and share information by exploring ways to solve the badware problem.”
There are many solutions that provide safety ratings for sites. One of the most popular is McAfee SiteAdvisor, a plug-in for Internet Explorer and Firefox. When you search with Google, SiteAdvisor displays different colors (green, yellow, red) next to search results and ads to show if the site sends spam, has malware, pop-ups, or links to dubious sites.
Tip of the hat: Joe Dolson