Google: 180% increase in hacked sites in the past year
Yes, 180%. Insane!
The number was announced as Google launched their #NoHacked
campaign again. http://tgcafe.it/1DM2kfB
Over the next month or so, Google will be working on educating webmasters on hacked sites: how to prevent it, how to fix it, how to stay secure, etc.
They are kicking off the campaign with some basic tips on how to keep your site safe on the web.1. Strengthen your account security
Set a longer password that might contain a mixture of letters, numbers, symbols, or be a passphrase.
Don't reuse passwords for multiple accounts.
Turn on 2-Factor Authentication for accounts that offer this service.2. Keep your site’s software updated
Periodically check your site for any outdated software.
Consider completely removing any add-ons or software that you don't need on your website - for instance, unnecessary Wordpress plugins.3. Research how your hosting provider handles security issues
I hate to see people going with a hosting company because they can do it for under $5 a month.
Google suggests to contact your hosting provider to see if they offer on-demand support to clean up site-specific problems.4. Use Google tools to stay informed of potential hacked content on your site
Use Google's Search Console (formerly Google's Webmaster Tools).
That is Google’s way of communicating with you about issues on your site including if they have detected hacked content.
To learn more about securing your site, follow Google's #NoHacked
campaign on Twitter (https://twitter.com/googlewmc
) and Google+ (http://google.com/+googlewebmasters
Also, keep your eyes open for a Google Hangout focused on security where you can ask security experts questions. (Wed, 26 Aug http://tgcafe.it/1KwnTWo
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