Website Security and Hacks – how to fix them

Website Security and Hacks

Website security and hacks are on the increase. This was announced this week by Google Webmaster. The number of sites hacked in 2016 increased by 32% compared to 2015. That’s a significant increase in just one year. This trend is going to get worse as more sites become outdated and hackers become more aggressive. On a positive note these hacks can be detected and removed, hopefully before serious damage is done to the infected website. In 2016 google cleaned hacks from 84% of webmasters that applied to have hacks removed from their infected websites. Unfortunately 61% of infected websites were not cleaned because the majority of webmasters weren’t aware their sites had been infected. So remember to continuously check for hacks or hire a SEO consultant or agency to do it for you but don’t ignore it.

Help for hacked webmasters

Google created the following documentation for webmaster to use when removing hacks or malware from their websites. Click on the following links for instructions

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/top_ways_websites_get_hacked_by_spammers

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/glossary_for_hacked_sites

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/FAQs_for_hacked_sites

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/how_do_I_know_if_site_hacked

Website security and hacks are often infected in similar ways. Google investigated the similarities between these hacks. Using that information they created clean up guides for specific known types of hacks.

Here are a list of these know hacks with links to guides to clean them up.

The Gibberish hack

This hack creates pages on your site with content that doesn’t make any sense. The content is filled with keywords. Hackers do this so the hacked pages show up in search engines, then when users click on the page they are redirected to other sites such as porn sites. This is how to fix this type of hack https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/fixing_the_gibberish_hack

The Japanese Keywords hack

This hack creates pages with Japanese text on the infected site. These pages are usually referred to affiliate sites selling fake brands and counterfeit merchandise. This is how you fix this type of hack https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/fixing_the_japanese_keyword_hack

The Cloaked Keywords hack

This hack creates many sentences, links and images that make sense. At a quick glance the pages look like they belong to the infected site until you read the content. Hackers use cloaking techniques to hide the malicious content and make the infected page appear as part of the original site or a 404 error page. This is how you fix this hack https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/fixing_the_cloaked_keywords_hack

You need to give attention to website security and hacks

Rather than having to clean up hacks it’s best to avoid them. To do this always keep your Content Management System (CMS) updated. If you don’t know how to do this ask your SEO consultant to do it for you.  Ensure that all your software and plugins are up to date.

Stay away from untrusted and untested plugins and software. Hackers often put free products out there to bait you in. Always only use products that you are familiar with. Always be aware of website security and hacks when making changes to your site.

Again ask your SEO agency or even better let them deal with everything to do with your site so you can concentrate on what you do best, manage your business and your clients.

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