#NoHacked: How to Avoid Being the Target of Hackers
Continuing their #NoHacked campaign, Google published some valuable anti-hacking tips yesterday on their Webmaster Central Blog. Falling victim to hackers can be very damaging to your online reputation and important data may be lost. Neither scenario is good and Google states the amount of sites that are getting hacked has increased by 180%.
That’s a scary figure and the Big G is working hard to combat this unfortunate trend. Apart from helping webmasters to protect their sites from being hacked, Monday’s post also provides an insight into the methods employed in hacking campaigns.
Tips & Insights
The post is quite detailed, but can be summarized into four simple steps:
- Improve your account security.
- Keep your software up to date.
- Be sure you understand how your hosting company handles security issues.
- Take advantage of Google tools that can alert you of potentially hacked content.
Steps one and two are painfully obvious, but it’s so easy to fall into the trap of letting things slide. Step three may not occur to many people, and Google makes some valuable points, but the last step is easily the meatiest of the four.
Staying in the Loop
The post on the Google Webmaster Central Blog makes for interesting reading. Becoming familiar with its content is a good first step for anyone who wants to be proactive about protecting their site(s), but look out for updates via #NoHacked on Twitter and Google+. If specific questions arise, webmasters can raise them on the help forums and a security Hangout has been scheduled for August 26.
Author: Steve Calvert
Steve Calvert is a freelance writer based in the Netherlands. He has expertise in several niches, including health and fitness and internet marketing, and also has a good knowledge of SEO.