Has your website been hacked? What can you do about it?

Has your website been hacked? What can you do about it?

By Steve on March 2, 2010

What can you do to reduce your chances of being hacked?

Website hackers are at large but how do you know if your website has been hacked? And what do you do about it if hackers have gotten into your website? Google has the answers!

You often hear stories of websites being hacked and many people are of the opinion that it won’t happen to them, this isn’t always the case it can happen to anyone and with more and more sites going live every day the temptation for hackers increases.

Thousands of websites are being hacked every day and the news of Google being hacked in December shows that no one is immune, hackers can target anyone from big corporate websites to personal blogs. This can make owning a website a very scary time but how do you know if your site has been hacked?


How do I know if my site’s been hacked?

Many website owners won’t know if their site has been hacked, there are often signs such as a drop in rankings or being removed from Google’s index and this could be because the site has been hacked and spammy content has been added.

Hackers are very clever and some hackers will get into your site and hack it without you seeing anything is wrong, this is often by hiding spammy content so it can only be viewed in the source code. This means most users won’t notice a change but it will be obvious to Google as the Google robots crawl the code to view your website.

It seems since Google got hacked themselves they have realised the importance of helping website owners identify a potential threat and will be providing “Message Centre Notifications” to identify and inform you of any hacking or abuse to your site.

Google webmaster tools announced today that they would be using this platform to update you of any potential threats and alert you of the following;

Abused or spammy forum pages
Any suspected hacking issues
Spammy content being generated by the site

This is good news for website owners as it means they can be informed of a potential hack much quicker and resolve it quicker as well. Having your site hacked is not the end of the world and the sooner you can get it fixed the better.