Alert! Alert! Alert!
Do you have Google Alerts configured? If you do, you might want to be cautious about what links you click. BleepingComputer, an information security and technology new publication, has identified a frightening trend. Lawrence Abrams, creator and owner of BleepingComputer, recently published an article stating he has seen a trend of malicious websites taking advantage of Google Alerts by inserting themselves into the Google search index. If you are not careful, you may click on the malicious link.
You may want to set an alert for the type of business you have, the products you sell, or you may want alerts about your business itself. This can all be useful in protecting your brand or identifying customer trends more quickly. BleepingComputer suggests the best way to protect yourself is by only allowing “best results” in your alerts. They mention there is a downside to this as you may block alerts from legitimate websites. It is important to practice similar skills to these alerts as you do when reading an email.