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Google Launches Webmaster Help For Hacked Sites

Has your lawyer site been hacked or compromised? If you are in doubt about the chances of your site getting compromised, the recent release of Google’s webmaster help for hacked sites should be a good indicator on just how widespread this problem is. If you have a website, be advised that it does not matter if it is big or small, your site stands an equal chance of being compromised. Perhaps, the more popular ones are more prone to attacks, but then again, those popular sites are likely to have increased “defenses” and proper “recovery plans” in place, in case something happens. How about your site? Google knows that this is not a small risk to site owners and in lieu of the ever increasing threats out there, has created a whole new section on how to tackle matters if your site has sadly been compromised. Start by reading these articles on how to increase your websites security, specially in you are on WordPress… WordPress Security Plugins, Protect Your Online Business WordPress Security For Blogs and Small Business, Why care? Create A Strong And Unique Password (oldie but still works) Password Management Guide (downloadable for free) The articles (and guides) above, if you have read and implemented some of the suggestions, will not guarantee 100% security. Nonetheless, it will help to increase your websites security and prevent as much as possible attempts to hack your site. Now, in the likelihood that those suggestion have failed to avoid your site from being compromised, this is where you may want to head over Google’s Hacked site help section for further information on how to deal with the problem. WATCH VIDEO FROM GOOGLE ON HACKED SITES Following the discovery that your site has been compromised, follow through the next steps, as provided on Google’s help for hacked sites. 1 Watch the overview (completed – you just watched it, right) Beginner 2 Contact your hoster and build a support team Beginner 3 Quarantine your site Intermediate 4 Touch base with Webmaster Tools Intermediate 5 Assess the damage (hacked with spam) or Assess the damage (hacked with malware) Advanced 6 Identify the vulnerability Advanced 7 Clean and maintain your site Advanced 8 Request a review Intermediate If you need assistance with your lawyer site that has been hacked or compromised, contact us today. [si-contact-form form=’1′]

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Google Now Shows You Your Most Recent Links

Google has added a new option for downloading your links in Google Webmaster Tools. You can now click on a “download latest links” button. The latest links download option will download your links that Google Webmaster Tools discovered but do so sorted by date. Google will have the link in one column and in the other column list out the date Google discovered the link. Matt Cutts tweeted the feature upgrade recently, saying: You can now download links from Google *sorted by date*. Nice. Look for “Download latest links” in console UI. Pass it on! This may be one of the best features with the link reporting tool within webmaster tools. Being able to quickly see your most recently acquired new links might be helpful in tracking link acquisitions, as well as determining which links might have caused a penalty. This is very useful information and for example, if Google sends you a letter about them detecting spammy links to your site, you can look at this list and try and determine the links they are talking about and do something about them.

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