Internet security is of the utmost importance for website maintenance in 2014.
People are blogging now more than ever, so if your site uses a common CMS platform like WordPress or Joomla, you may be even more vulnerable to hacking attempts.
Luckily, there are a variety of free website security tools available that can help you maintain site security and check for malware. One of the best ways to monitor the security and health of your website is by using Google Webmaster Tools.
Use Google Webmaster Tools for Increased Internet Security
If you’re concerned about the security, performance and the overall health of your website, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be taking advantage of the free Google resource Webmaster Tools. You can sign up for free here, but keep in mind that it can take a few weeks for Google to crawl your website and collect information and data about it that you can actually use. Once you’ve set up your account and Google has crawled your site, here’s how to check for malware and suspicious activity on your website.
Guide: How to Check Your Website Security Using Webmaster Tools
Follow these simple steps to verify the security and health of your website in Webmaster Tools!
- 1. Sign into Google Webmaster Tools.
- 2. If you maintain more than one website, click on the site you want to check in the main menu.
- 3. In the lefthand dropdown menu, click on Security Issues.
When you log into Webmaster Tools to verify your site security, hopefully you will see a message that reads, “We haven’t detected any security issues on your site.” If Google has detected suspicious activity on your website, it will be logged and documented under the “Security Issues” tab. One of the best things about Webmaster Tools is that Google will immediately alert you via Gmail (mandatory with a Webmaster Tools account) as soon as malware has been detected on your website. Most of us check our email every day, so this instant alert will allow you to take care of any security breaches immediately BEFORE spammers and hackers completely destroy the integrity of your website.
My Website Has Already Been Hacked. Now What Should I do?
So what do you do if your blog or site has already been hacked? Finding out that your site has been hacked is never fun, but Webmaster Tools provides several resources, tips and guidelines for website owners to consult and follow to get their website security back in order. To find these resources, click on the Help dropdown menu button on the righthand side of the Webmaster Tools portal. One of the most important links listed here is the Request a Malware Review resource.
Internet Security: Request a Malware Review from Google
If you suspect malicious activity has occurred on your website but everything looks OK in Webmaster Tools, it might still be a good idea to officially request a malware review under the Security Issues Help tab. The data displayed in Webmaster Tools updates only after your site has been recrawled by Googlebot, so it’s possible that your site could have already been hacked without it showing up in the portal yet. When it comes to internet security, remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Today website owners must make sure that blogs and sites are secure and properly shielded against hacking, spammers, malware and other malicious attempts to compromise your site security with brute force attacks. Using your Google Webmaster Tools account is a great way to help detect and protect yourself against website security breaches.