Technology behemoth Google has tried to allay fears that the recent changes made in its search engine functions may open up its users to malicious content and other search engine exploits.
The search engine giant recently rolled out a host of new search features which include the Instant Pages option that offer users results of search queries almost instantly. The feature currently available in Google Chrome starts preloading the first search result when it is reasonable sure about the information that the user is looking for. Once the user clicks on the first result the page loads immediately.
Some believe that this technology can be used by malicious individuals to direct users to dubious website. Already, instances of links to malware sites are prevalent in results related to many popular search terms and with Instant Pages users may not have the option stop the loading of a website even if they suspect it to be malicious.
Addressing such concerns Google has mentioned that Chrome will not render sites suspected by its safe browsing technology and it would also keep out sites that do not have a valid SSL certificate. Moreover websites which contain popup adverts or attempt to download files too will not be rendered reports The Register (opens in new tab).