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Not sure if a search result is legit? Google's new feature could help you tell

Google is making it a little easier to tell if the site you're about to visit is legit.

The web giant on Tuesday announced a tweak to its search function that shows more information about certain websites on the search results page.

Simply click on the small gray name underneath the link to get more information about a site. At this point, the feature is only available when you search Google on your desktop.

"As you choose the right search result for you — be that about the American Civil War or back pain — you want to know where the results come from," Google software engineer Bart Niechwiej, wrote in a blog post.

You will not be able to get extra information for every site, however. Google said you will only see descriptions when a site is "widely recognized as notable online, when there is enough information to show, or when the content may be handy for you."

For instance, when you run a Google search for "ITProPortal," the first result that pops up is, of course

Underneath the link, you will now see "ITProPortal" in grey; click that and a blurb from Wikipedia will pop up telling you more about the site/

The information is based on Knowledge Graph, Google's "interconnected understanding of the things that exist in the world."

As Knowledge Graph grows in the future, Google plans to expand this feature to offer even more information about websites, the company said.