Domain Name(s) out of the blue, Google thinks my site is "dangerous & deceptive"

dimitris

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My domainname is in greek letters and it's been up and running for 11 years now.

I run af forum and a couple of months back I have migrated from vB4 to Xenforo.

I think it's since the migration that visitors have been getting an error when visiting with chrome, that it might be "a website of dangerous & deceptive content" (I get the message in Greek) and you need to take extra action to actually proceed to the website.

I contacted the host and they tell me it's because of google and that I should follow these guidelines here.

a) I am not sure as to why Google would think of my website as "dangerous & deceptive". Not the slightest clue. Does anybody have any suggestion?

b) I read in the guidelines "Verified ownership of your site in Search Console". In which Search Console?

Thanks
 

Joel R

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Google Search Console - you want to sign up anyways to see how your site ranks

Do you use HTTPS?
 

mbordelon

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Sounds to me like you don't have an SSL certificate set up. Https instead of http.
 

haqzore

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I've seen the "deceptive" warnings before - I don't think they're related to https.

I don't remember https warnings ever containing "deceptive"... Could be wrong though.
 

Noble

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Had this issue before as it turns out it was HTTP/HTTPS.
 

dimitris

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Just follow the information detailed in the link provided by your host.
But you see in that link you need to take action depending whether it's a case of:
A. Hacked site
B. Unwanted software (including malware)
C. Phishing or Social Engineering

To be honest I don't think it's either of them. But even if it was. How can I know that?
(The host run a test and it doesn't seem to be a malware problem.)

I mean, Google says something is wrong. Does it tell us what does it think it's wrong?
 

dimitris

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thanks. Here are the results:

 

davert

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You can ignore the two DNS errors. I think you should set up SPF and DMARC (lots of instructions on the Net) in case someone is faking your email address and sending out spam—a good idea regardless. SPF essentially ensures that email supposedly coming from your site really is coming from it; DMARC tells providers to reject email that isn't SPF-valid, and you can get status reports sent to you. I agree that if you do not have SSL, it's a problem regardless, but Webmaster Tools will (eventually) tell you what the actual problem is. SSL is free via LetsEncrypt so there's no reason NOT to have it.
 
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