Google has just launched a help center for hacked sites, complete with step-by-step instructions and videos that outline each part of the process. The videos feature Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead at Google (and her Googler colleagues), who told “we wanted to connect our capability to detect and alert site owners of their hacked sites with improved resources to help them recover.”
For some time, Google’s been letting site owners know when their sites have been hacked, but this new help center takes the next step and walks through how to fix the site and get the warnings removed from Google’s search results. Although as Maile notes in the blog post: “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 and experience with source code”.
The blog post also provides steps for avoiding getting hacked in the first place: “Just as you focus on making a site that’s good for users and search engine friendly, keeping your site secure for you and your visitors is also paramount.”
The help content is a collection of videos (totally over an hour in length) and articles that provide comprehensive and detailed information about how sites get hacked and why, and spam techniques and how to detect them, in addition to explanations about how to recover from the hacking. It’s all pretty fascinating stuff, even if your site hasn’t been hacked (well, fascinating if you’re kind of geeky, like I am).