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How to Prevent Website from Hacking and Get Google Penalty Recovery

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Have you ever get any sort of warning messages from Google in your webmaster or search console regarding your website or have seen such lines in search results like “This site may be hacked”,  “This site may harm your computer or device” etc. If your answer to this question is “yes” then probably your website comes under the category of hacked websites according to Google.
So if you have become a victim of a Hacked website spam or might feel that you can be, then there is a Good News for all of you as Google has started rolling out algorithmic modifications which will help the website owners or webmasters. According to this after proper clean up of their websites from abusive content & fixing up of all the issues related to hacking, their websites can get a good position in Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) again, after that hacking attack.
According to Google This will only affect the approximately 5% of the search queries relying upon the language and it will bring the results to user with more relevancy and hence helps to enhance the user experience.

Google has also declared about this Algorithmic modification at its Official Blog.How Google Alerts You about Any Unethical activity On Your Website. Here are the examples that How Google’s Warning message looks alike:-

Reasons of Hacking of Hacked Websites
There are many reasons for which Google can categorize a website as hacked one & that website most likely to have some unethical and abusive matter which leads to reduce user experience and also can create threats of keystroke logging, malware downloads or theft of important login credential details of important assets like credit cards, to anyone who visits that particular website which has been hacked.
Here I am going to tell you all the possible reasons for Hacking of a Website which makes them vulnerable or unprotected:-
Injection
Injection in simple words means that hacker tries to inject some pages, malicious pages with the already existing pages of your website in order to create a negative image of your website in the eyes of search engines as well as visitors. This form of injections is generally done by the means if inserting malicious JavaScript code or with the insertion of malicious iframes which can actually hurt your search rankings as these new pages can create problem for you in terms of ranking.
Redirections
As name suggests, with this sort of hacking attempt hackers redirects your website pages to spammed pages every time when a user clicks on your result with search results but when they go through the same on straightly with browser they don’t find any redirect.
Trojan
Trojan can probably infect your website if you are using an outdated version of CMS if you owe a Content management website as it is a fact that mostly the outdated versions have more security issues. Or probably it can make you a victim if your computer has Trojan and with the same you login to your FTP server, this will allow it to infect all the index files, presence of hidden rogue words in the website which is also referred as cloaking & is not good from search engine perspective. This will create security breaches or holes through which hackers can enter into the security zone of your website and then can spoil it completely.
Malware
Malwares are generally transmitted through the means of electronic mails (email) attachments, file sharing services & detachable storage space media. This can introduce problems of DNS (Denial of service) attacks, theft of login credentials, making of spam etc. Hackers who want to infect your website generally send malware infected mails to make you a victim of malware infection on your website’s email service.
Low Strength passwords
Low strength passwords can also be a reason for hacked websites. As low strength passwords are easy to crack out by hackers and can make an easy way for them to hack your property (Website).
How to Secure Website and Back Out Of Google Penalty Recovery
Quarantine Website & Clean Your Site As you receive any type of warning from Google the foremost and first step to take into action is Quarantine your website in order to protect your existing visitors as well as new ones from any harm. It is possible that Google might or might not make you available with complete information so in that case you should examine the issue at your own & for that you have to Quarantine your website. Because of this your website gets offline for days or hours. It totally depends on you that how fast you deal with the scenario.
Find out the temperament of attack & Recognition of vulnerability
It can be a spam or phishing attack, malware, injection, Trojan etc. so find the nature first. It is possible that there might be more than one vulnerability it means can have multiple sort of hacks on your website from the above listed ones.
Evaluate the harm
Discover the files, codes infected and accumulate the listing of URL’s compromised by hackers.Fix it

  • Delete any kind of spammed URL on your server or within the website in first attempt.
  • Eliminate nasty codes in already present URLs.
  • Clean up Server.
  • Alter passwords for security of maximum level.
  • Remove unwanted and old versions of software if you have a CMS website.
  • Create a long term maintenance plan by discussing it with your hosting providers and also get to know that from which sort of vulnerabilities they are providing protection.

Request a Review on Google Webmaster. It is the last step in how to secure website, in this step you have to send a review request to Google after performing all the mentioned activities for reviewing you website. As soon as Google will review you review request it will fix the issue and in this way you will get Google penalty recovery. And hence you will be able to stand out good in search results again with ethical practices of promotion.So this is all about Google’s Hacked Website Spam Management, reasons and on how to prevent hacking of website. So pour your comments in the comment box about the post and about the Google’s new hacked Spam management update.

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Ashish Jain

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