For site owners perplexed by hacking, help has arrived. Google, the giant among the search engines, has created a valuable hacked site resource, aimed at hand-holding the victim to recovery. It is an 8 step walk through with instructions and videos outlining each part of the process.
The videos explain why hack happens, where it is, how to remove it and then how to get malware label removed in Google. The advice is doled out by no less than Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead at Google and her colleagues.
The steps are –
- Watch the overview
- Contact your hoster and build a support team
- Quarantine your site
- Touch base with Webmaster Tools
- Assess the damage (hacked with spam) or Assess the damage (hacked with malware)
- Identify the vulnerability
- Clean and maintain your site
- Request a review
The first two steps can be executed by a beginner. However, the rest need intermediate or advanced level skills. Maile herself points out, “while we attempt to outline the necessary steps in recovery, each task remains fairly difficult for site owners unless they have advanced knowledge of system administrator commands…” However, the resource does outline the steps to recovery.
The resource talks in detail about vulnerabilities to hacking. Common ways of hacking include
- Insecure or stolen login credentials
- Out of date plug ins
- Security gaps in software
- Malware on your personal or work computer that steals credentials
Unscrupulous hackers have a string of ways to hack the sites and they are always up finding new ones.
Thankfully, Google has arrived to assist the siteowners.Google Help for Hacked Sites!,