Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:34 AMWritten by Nathan Johns, Search Quality Team
In recent months, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of compromised websites around the web. One explanation is that people are resorting to hacking sites in order to distribute malware or attempt to spam search results. Regardless of the reason, it's a great time for all of us to review helpful webmaster security tips.
Obligatory disclaimer: While we've collected tips and pointers below, and we encourage webmasters to "please try the following at home," this is by no means an exhaustive list for your website's security. We hope it's useful, but we recommend that you conduct more thorough research as well.
- Check your server configuration.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest software updates and patches.
- Regularly keep an eye on your log files.
- Check your site for common vulnerabilities.
- Be wary of third-party content providers.
- Try a Google site: search to see what's indexed.
- Use Google's Webmaster Tools.
- Use secure protocols.
- Read the Google Online Security Blog.
- Contact your hosting company for support.
We hope you find these tips helpful. If you have some of your own tips you'd like to share, feel free to leave a comment below or start a discussion in the Google Webmaster Help group. Practice safe webmastering!