Warning: Fake Google Surfaces on the Net as ɢoogle

Prayank

There is a fake ɢoogle.com doing rounds on the net, confusing the users into thinking that they’re accessing the real Google search engine. %c9%a2oogle

Now, when you search for the fake ɢoogle in the search bar, it will direct you to a page as shown in the image above.

The major difference, as is evident in above is that the first alphabet of the fake Google is in Unicode 0262 (also known as Latin Letter Small Capital G).

The Next Web spotted the fake ɢoogle while going through its analytics. Although the fake ɢoogle bears a strange resemblance to the real deal, it isn’t google.com or Google.com.

The title for the fake ɢoogle reads: Secret.ɢoogle.com voted for Trump by all my scripts, every my byte, in tens of millions Google Analytics accounts. Secret.ɢoogle.com is the same way it might appear in the Google search results.

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Although all this website does is congratulate Trump on becoming the US President, I would definitely not recommend you to visit the website as it can potentially harm your computer.

This website seems more like a Trump spam, but there are various other websites on the net that can harm your computer, so always be wary of where you’re going on the net.

Website such as these bearing uncanny resemblance to the real website can be a playing ground for hackers to phish important details such as your bank account or government-issued photo IDs.

For instance, if you go on to search for the ‘DigiLocker‘ app announced by the government last year, you’ll find several options as shown below.

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Essentially, this apps main purpose is to enable people to carry a digitised version of their government-issued photo ID proofs such as Aadhaar Card, PAN Card and the likes.

The apps which look similar to the one on the top aren’t government issued, but can easily confuse anyone and ask for your data once you install and open them. Storing your delicate personal information on such apps can lead to issues such as identity theft.

All in all, beware of external links on the web as more often than not they’re a spam — a trap to phish your information or else might throw some harmful malware your computer’s way.

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