Just had a new publisher apply into one of the affiliate programs we manage on the Google Affiliate Network. The affiliate’s website opened just fine in my Internet Explorer, but Mozilla Firefox gave me a warning a part of which you are seeing above.
Are you checking affiliate websites for malware prior to making your decision on an affiliate application to join your program?
A good way to do it is by seeing what Google’s Safe Browsing Diagnostic says about the website. Introduced back in May 2008, this free service is a great tool that affiliate program managers can (and should) use. Google wrote:
We’ve been protecting Google users from malicious web pages since 2006 by showing warning labels in Google’s search results and by publishing the data via the Safe Browsing API to client programs such as Firefox and Google Desktop Search. To create our data, we’ve built a large-scale infrastructure to automatically determine if web pages pose a risk to users. This system has proven to be highly accurate, but we’ve noted that it can sometimes be difficult for webmasters and users to verify our results, as attackers often use sophisticated obfuscation techniques or inject malicious payloads only under certain conditions. With that in mind, we’ve developed a Safe Browsing diagnostic page that will provide detailed information about our automatic investigations and findings.
Just go to google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=URLofWebsiteToCheck.com and you’ll know whether they’re kosher or not.
Here’s the report I have received about the affiliate that Firefox red flagged (highlighting mine):
If you’re managing an affiliate program and are not yet using the Safe Browsing Diagnostic tool, you should be.