Google to the rescue for hacked sites

Steve MacAlpine —  March 13, 2013

I’m a Google fan

I love what Google Analytics does (for free) and I love the way they understand that it’s smart business to keep advertising out of their social stream at Google+.

And here’s another Google thing I love which is also a free offering for the common good!

In recent months we’ve seen hacking attempts on Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Evernote, the ABC,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal as well as many financial institutions and governments.

Yesterday Google launched its new “Help for Hacked Sites” series to teach webmasters how to avoid getting hacked in the first place – and how to recover their sites if it happens.

The first part of the series is geared toward relatively non-technical users, while the later part is aimed at users who can read code and are comfortable with using terminal commands.

To avoid ever needing this resource yourself, please implement a security and maintenance plan for your site if you haven’t already.

  • 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.

Steve MacAlpine

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Brand and digital strategist - founder of Social Insights.