Alarm! Don’t even do this in google search!

There are some behaviors that we believe will never harm us because they are so normal. I don’t know if you noticed, but some people who want to access a specific company’s or even the bank’s website instead of typing the address in the browser bar do a Google search. The problem is that it could lead you to a fake website that is stealing our data. This is a very important topic that has been addressed on the Cybercrime and Digital Evidence page and it really needs to be considered as it claims a lot of victims. That’s why you can never do this in Google search.

Alarm! Don’t even do this in google search!

As explained and very well, Google is used for numerous searches. Therefore, for the sake of convenience, we prefer to search Google rather than entering the address in the browser bar, starting with www. (Sitename). (Domain).

Google search

When searching for banks, you may find first choice results that do not correspond to the real domain of the bank. And that’s because Google only indexes websites, and if there’s someone paying to advertise with a fake domain, it’ll appear at the top of searches.

In fact, the explanation given here couldn’t be better!

But this page went further and showed concrete examples of what can happen.

Google search

Someone searched for Novo Banco and due to an active ad they fell on a page claiming to be this banking institution’s app. At this point, they are trying to collect as much data as possible.

Google search

In no time we could have given our bank access data to third parties and then everything becomes very dangerous.

So we shouldn’t search for that kind of stuff on Google. In other words, if we want to access Novo Banco, for example, we need to write the address https://www.novobanco.pt/ in the bar and not look for Novo Banco. Anyone who says that is saying any other bank or service.

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