Whimsical Chrome Error Message

Ah…those daffy folks at the Googleplex really know how to keep my life interesting.  One of my clients was trying to install Carbonite, the online backup product, and got an error message saying that the download might be potentially dangerous, which is not all that unusual.   It sometimes happens with certain legitimate products that have components that are similar to certain malware exploits.  The client clicked on the “Download Anyway” button, and the following error message popped up.  “Confirm Download:  This might hurt.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you…”  That is when they called me, and not having ever heard of or seen this before, I had them send me a Snip of the error message.  This message seemed very questionable, like something some malware writer might do, so I Googled the error message and found out it is an error message from the Google Chrome web browser.


So if you get this, just click on “Keep anyway” and proceed.  Somebody has a weird sense of humor…


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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