Google SERPs Highlight Hacked Websites Now

The continuous evil work of black hat SEO has led to Google coming up with a new feature which displays within search results alerting users that website may have been hacked. In 2008 Google began showing malware warnings that appeared when users clicked through to a site. Now the search engine giant has decided to display such warnings right in the SERPs. So when Google thinks a website has been hacked, it displays a sentence saying “This site may be compromised.” in its search results. However, Google notes that a compromised site does not necessarily contain malware – if that was the case, the notification would say “This site may be harmful to your computer.

Another reason for this update is the fact that many webmasters do not regularly log in to their webmaster tools account, thus missing some of the warnings concerning their site. By displaying this notification in SERPs, webmasters will easily discover it from routine checks of their performance on the search engines. If the warning is displayed, a loss of traffic may occur. Once the problem has been rectified, you can request a review to speed up removal of the alert.

“We’ve provided notices for malware for years, which also involve a separate warning page,” blogs Gideon Wald, associate product manager at Google. “Now we’re expanding the search results notifications to help people avoid sites that may have been compromised and altered by a third party, typically for spam. When a user visits a site, we want her to be confident the information on that site comes from the original publisher. By clicking the alert, the users can get more information about the notice. Users can also click the result itself and be taken to the site if they wish.”

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