Bing Site Safety Page helps you understand why your favorite website was flagged as malicious

Bing Site Safety Page helps you understand why your website was flagged

In an official blog post, Microsoft has detailed a new feature for Bing called Bing Site Safety Page. In the past, when clicking on a potentially dangerous search result, you were presented with a warning that visiting the site could be dangerous. With Bing Site Safety Page, you now get some context or background information on why the site was flagged.

"In recent weeks we launched the Bing Site Safety Page, a portal allowing all Bing customers to understand why their favorite site is being flagged, how long the warning has been there, and when the last scan took place. With this information we hope that both web searchers, and webmasters who are not registered with Bing Webmaster Tools are able to extract a little more insight into what has happened to these sites," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Bing users can now understand the reasons for the warning, and those who are tech savvy can disable JavaScript or plugins before visiting the site. In order to access this new Safety Page, you will be presented with a link to "learn more about why this URL was marked as malicious" when visiting a questionable website. Clicking the link will take you to the Safety Page.

The Safety Page will tell you the reason the webpage is being marked as malicious, the date the infection was first detected, how often the URL has been scanned, and the date the infection was most recently detected. In the future, Microsoft plans to showcase data aggregated up to the site level -- including the folliwing:

  • The total number of URLs detected as malicious on the site
  • The types of malware found
  • The last date of suspicious activity
  • When the site was last scanned
  • Warning trigger rate/ coverage

"We hope that these changes, and the changes to come will de-mystify some of the issues around malware on the web, and allow searchers to gain a little more insight when a malware warning is presented to them," Microsoft adds.

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