click fraud


Definition of click fraud

: fraud committed by clicking through an advertisement on a website multiple times to spuriously increase the cost to the advertiser Click fraud is where organisations or individuals take advantage of search engines' pay-per-click models—in which a company pays a fee if a consumer clicks through from the search engine to its website after entering search criteria—by continually clicking on an organisation's link.Travel Weekly

Examples of click fraud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have discovered two Google Play apps with more than 1.5 million downloads engaging in a new form of click fraud that drained batteries, slowed performance, and increased mobile data usage on infected phones. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google Play apps with 1.5 million downloads drained batteries and slowed devices," 29 Aug. 2019 The extensions found by ICEBRG were used in a click fraud scheme, but company researchers said the add-ons just as easily could have been used to do more nefarious things. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of click fraud

2001, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jan 2020

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“Click fraud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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