Google (google.com) is a search engine. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on 4 September 1998 in Menlo Park, California, United States.

ALTERNATIVES

Similar sites to Google include Bing, Ask, Yahoo, Yandex, DuckDuckGo, and AltaVista.

DESCRIPTION

The homepage of google.com has a search box beneath the Google logo. Further down the page below the fold were news articles. These news articles used to only be present on mobile but have recently become visible on desktop. At the bottom of the screen is a gray footer-type section. Above that gray bar is another gray bar that does nothing but list my country. All news articles listed under the search box are taken from other publications. I notice many of the articles are either related to things I would usually browse for or domains I frequently visit. To the right side of the news was a widget displaying some stock prices.

HISTORY

As of November 2023, google.com has 83.8 billion monthly views, according to Similar Web. The Wayback Machine estimates google.com was founded on November 11, 1998. The Internet Archive has saved google.com 16,371,762 times between November 11, 1998 and December 15, 2023.

Is google.com Safe?

Here, I analyzed google.com for malware and malicious content to check if it was legit or a scam:

Sucuri says google.com is a low security risk. Results: Sucuri scan for google.com.

google.com Sucuri results

Security hardening flaws:

  • Missing security header for ClickJacking Protection. Affected pages:
    http://google.com/404javascript.js
    http://google.com/404testpage4525d2fdc
    https://smallbusiness.withgoogle.com/?subid=us-en-et-g-awa-a-g_hpbfoot1_1!o2&utm_source=google&utm_medium=ep&utm_campaign=google_hpbfooter&utm_content=google_hpbfooter&gmbsrc=us-en_US-et-gs-z-gmb-s-z-u~sb-g4sb_srvcs-u
  • The ‘unsafe-eval’ keyword in Content-Security-Policy is not recommended. Affected pages:
    https://about.google/
    https://about.google/products/?tab=wh
    https://ads.google.com/intl/en/home/
    https://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en&authuser=0
    https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&ogbl

Unmask Parasites says google.com is clean. Results: Unmask Parasites scan for google.com.

VirusTotal says google.com is flagged as suspicious by ArcSight Threat Intelligence. Results: VirusTotal scan for google.com.

google.com VirusTotal results

URLVoid says google.com passed all blocklist engines. Results: URLVoid scan for google.com.

In conclusion, Sucuri says google.com doesn’t have malware. Unmask Parasites says google.com is clean of parasites. VirusTotal says google.com is flagged as suspicious by ArcSight Threat Intelligence. OVERALL GRADE: Relatively Safe.

Links and Profiles

Website: google.com

References

1. SimilarWeb – google.com

2. Wayback Machine – google.com

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