This week Google reported on hacker events and an update on their #NoHacked campaign that launched in 2016. Using the data Google collected over the year and several investigations into hacks and hacking; Google has provided a breakdown of some of the most common hacks, how to fix them and what we should all be doing going forward. Like all things involved in technology and the internet, hacking is a constantly developing process so it is important to keep yourself and your website up to date and informed about the dangers that are out there.

Web Security Of 2016

Google starts with the negative news (best to get it out of the way); there has been an increase in the number of hacked websites compared to 2015, a staggering increase of 32% between the two years. They also predict that this trend will not slow but actually increase again this year; due to hackers developer new techniques and becoming more and more aggressive. Additionally, it’s becoming an increasing trend that websites aren’t being updated regularly and hackers “will continue to capitalise” on these out of date sites.

However the good news is; 84% of webmasters who after being hacked are able to successfully clean their websites and get themselves back operating online. That being said; depending on the individual case, it may be difficult for some websites to rebuild the visitors and trust those visitors once had in them, regardless of Google now giving them a clean bill of health. Remember that trust is earned and re-earning that trust with your customer base is a much larger mountain to climb.

Google goes on to say that they have been listening to the feedback provide by webmasters regarding security issues; the biggest request being a better and easier to understand document about hacked websites and what webmasters can do about their website being hacked. In response to this Google has created new documentation to provide webmasters more context about their hacked websites and how they were compromised. There is also a list of helpful links to new documentation provided at the end of this post for your future bookmarking.

Most Common Hacks And How To Fix Them

Google has now created “clean up guides” for websites compromised by known hacks. Because a lot of hacked websites get hacked in similar ways, it is possible to provide a guide to help the majority recover from the most common hacks. Google goes on to say “by investigating the similarities, we were able to create clean up guides for specific known types of hacks.” What we can take from this is; Google is working very hard to help its webmasters avoid and recover from getting hacked.

Proof of this is the Webmaster Help Forums; an active community of Googlers, technical contributors able to assist with a variety of issues and of course, the Google technical team themselves. This is an excellent resource for any feedback or questions a webmaster may have regarding their websites security and hacking. But as Google say; prevention is key, don’t be left reacting and recovering from a hack. Get ahead of it and do your best to prevent it; investing time and money in preventing a hack will potentially save you a lot more of both in the future.

Software update and SSL certificates go a long way to protecting your website. If you have had a history of being hacked or would like to know more about what you can do to prevent your website being compromised; get in touch with us today.

And as promised, here is your list of helpful Google links:

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