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    Default "This website is suspicious" on my website

    Hi all,

    My wife owns a website and I am responsible for maintaining it. Few visitors of her website have complained that they receive warning messages "This website is suspicious. Leave now unless you know this site is safe." Further the message states:

    This recommendation is based on how long the site has been around and the strength of its security certificate.
    ...
    - Site is not known phishing or spyware distributor
    - Site is less that 3 month old
    ...
    My wife has not purchased security certificate for this domain because there is no need of encrypted connections; hence there is no security certificate strength to be discussed here. Yes, the site is less than 3 month old, but this cannot be malicious property.

    I found similar thread and the moderator there asks for the URL of the reported site. Here it is

    Here is the screen-shot of the warning that the visitor kindly provided:


    Is there some reasonable explanation my wife can offer to her visitors beside the obvious promoting of the premium product of CheckPoint?

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    Default Re: "This website is suspicious" on my website

    Hi!
    Sorry, link to private sites removed and the ZA forum link you referred is related to another problem (positive to spam list) not yours. Please note that ZA staff does not monitor this board, we are all users. No use to report it here.

    You have to do it via the forcefield interface as explained here (copied below - Thank you Garywa for the screenshot!)




    I read the information and knowing where and how I had gotten there I simply clicked on the "click here" link and was presented with this short message:





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    Default Re: "This website is suspicious" on my website

    Hello,

    In this case and ANY website that's reported like this our software is working as designed and there is NOTHING that can be done to change it.

    Its the fact the website if 3 month or newer.

    Its the unfortunate fact that hackers put up thousands of sites a day for malicious reasons so we rate any new website like this.

    We don't have the staff to evaluate every new website in the world daily.

    So we go with just telling you the website is 3 months old or newer and let the person surfing make a decision to go to that website or not.

    We never say there is a definite threat on the website.

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    Default How does ZoneAlarm determine if a site you land on is suspicious?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Gable - Checkpoint
    We use a combination of technologies to evaluate the safety of a site so that we identify danger long before other systems.

    - We start with a signature list from Netcraft of known dangerous sites.
    - Then, to identify more suspicious sites, our specialized heuristics look at several different things, including:
    - The source of the site - where it is physically located.
    - How long the site has been active.
    - How the site is signed or registered; whether it has a SSL certificate signed by a trusted authority, and the strength of that certificate.
    - How the site is formatted - for example, does it share some visual characteristics with a legitimate site (like a bank's logo)? Depending on what we discover, we may block the site if we believe it is dangerous or just show a yellow alert if we think it is suspicious.
    The full article can be found here.
    Last edited by Forum-Moderator; August 1st, 2012 at 01:28 PM.

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