Google launches service to help webmasters recover hacked sites (video)

13 Mar 2013

A new service launched by Google aims to assist website owners whose sites have been compromised with step-by-step videos and articles instructing them on how to address the issue.

Beyond technical instruction, Webmasters Help for Hacked Sites also lets users know why something like this happens and how to go about getting the warning label ‘This site may harm your computer’ removed from its listing in search results.

More than 80 minutes of video has been produced for the site, laying out the steps to recovery. These range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate to advanced, and it’s advised that users will need advanced knowledge (or employ the services of someone who does) in order to complete them.

Help for Hacked Sites also features articles useful to website owners and provides detailed information on specific issues.

Of course, finding out that your site has been blacklisted on Google due to hackers is not something any website owner wants to happen, so Help for Hacked Sites also advises users to implement the necessary security and maintenance measures to avoid such a scenario. This includes using strong passwords, ensuring all software is up to date, reviewing the security of all applications, plug-ins and third-party software before installing, and regular automated site back-ups.


Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.