Google Help For Webmasters With Hacked Sites

Has your website been hacked? If so, Google are now offering some useful tips and tricks that could help aid you in the recovery process.


“Every day, cybercriminals compromise thousands of websites. Hacks are often invisible to users, yet remain harmful to anyone viewing the page — including the site owner. For example, unbeknownst to the site owner, the hacker may have infected their site with harmful code which in turn can record keystrokes on visitors’ computers, stealing login credentials for online banking or financial transactions.”
Google help for hacked web sites

Google offer a set of eight suggestions for recovering a hacked web site. The first is to watch the video below:

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The additional steps, which are supported by useful tips and other information are as follows:

  • Contacting your web host and building a support team
  • Quarantining your web site
  • Using Google’s webmaster tools
  • Assessing the damage
  • Identifying the vulnerability that led to the hack
  • Cleaning and maintaining your site
  • Asking Google to review your site so that it appears in search results again

There isn’t much information there that you can’t get elsewhere but the fact that it all appears in one place and comes from the search giant should mean a high level of visibility to those who have had their precious web properties compromised.

If you are in that unfortunate predicament then the help page starts here.


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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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