Google doesn't like labeling sites hacked. And, as they say, "friends help friends recover their hacked sites." That's why Google has launched a series of articles and videos to help compromised websites recover from the hack, protect from future hacks, and get their website off of Google's blacklist.
The first video in the series, seen above, answers some of the more common and simple questions: Why would someone ever want to hack my site?; How was someone able to hack my site?; What's the process for fixing it and how long will it take?.
Google has also provided this website which offers more detailed information on various topics. Google offers up the following tips to keep your site safe and secure:
- Be vigilant about keeping software updated.
- Understand the security practices of all applications, plug-ins, third-party software, and so on, before you install them on your server. A security vulnerability in one software application can affect the safety of your entire site.
- Remove unnecessary or unused software.
- Enforce creation of strong passwords.
- Keep all devices used to log in to your servers secure (updated operating system and browser).
- Make regular, automated site backups.