Google improves webmaster tools for hacked site recovery

Summary:When Google accuses you of serving malware or spam from your web site it's a humiliating outrage. The company has improved their tools for you to recover your site and its reputation.

When Google began blocking the important web programming site PHP.net , the founder of PHP assumed it had to be a false positive. It's an easy reaction to understand; Google must be wrong, we would never do such a thing. When Google accuses you of serving malware or spam from your web site it's a humiliating outrage.

But it turned out that Google's automated tools were right . The PHP guys removed the problematic code and they're back up and running (although they still haven't delivered on the post-mortem they promised).

Perhaps in reaction to the PHP incident, Google has announced that they have improved their webmaster tools to facilitate recovery of hacked sites.

The tools now include a dedicated portal for webmasters of sites identified by Google as hacked.

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The new tools help you identify the problems in your site precisely and, once you have cleared them, to request a review in order to clear the block.

The site provides information on the type of problem in the site, sample URLs if available, and the date when Google last detected the issue.

Where possible, Google will provide HTML and JavaScript code snippets and helpful tools such as Fetch as Google to show you the page and code as it looks to Google's crawlers.

Topics: Security, Google

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Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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