Google Extends Safe Browsing Protection to Notify Users in Google Analytics

20 March 2015

Google has recently announced that it is extending the Safe Browsing feature of Google Webmasters Tools to include real-time notifications to all Google Analytics users whose websites are infected with malware and other nasty infections.

What is Webmasters Tools and Why Should You Sign Up?

In case you didn’t know, Google Webmasters Tools is free to use. It is packed full of useful analytical tools, but one of the main features is that it can help you to detect problems with your website and alert you of any changes.

For example if your website has been hacked and is re-directing visitors to a spam site selling dodgy pharmaceuticals – you might not realise there is a problem. In the meantime your hosting provider could be one step away from suspending your website for abuse. So it’s important to monitor your Webmaster Tools account closely.

In the event of your website being compromised, Google will identify the type of hack that has occurred and provide more detailed information about what has been found.

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Site Security Notifications

Google has now decided to take the help feature one step further by sending notifications straight to Google Analytics users. If there is an issue with your website, you will receive an email notification. This will enable you to act fast to resolve the issue and restore normal service. A super quick response means your website stays safe and your visitors are protected from harmful malware, viruses and spam.

What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Attacks?

Malware

This is a type of malicious code. Visiting an infected website puts you at risk of downloading dangerous software, which could let a hacker discover sensitive security information on your computer, such as your online banking details.

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Phishing

Phishing websites are masquerading as legitimate websites. Users are often directed to phishing websites via links in spam emails purporting to be from a bank. Hackers are counting on the fact they will think the website is genuine and be conned into providing private information they can use to empty your bank account.

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Spam

Spam is the internet version of junk mail. Sadly the online world is one giant junk mail receptacle and it can be hard to differentiate between useful information and useless garbage. So if you get an email inviting you to send your bank details to a Nigerian gentleman in return for share of his money, it’s spam.

Be Proactive with Site Security

Allowing a website infected with malware or similar to keep on operating will damage your credibility and therefore your business. Failing to respond quickly and effectively to an attack may cause your website to be blacklisted. If you would like to know more about how to protect your website speak to a member of our team today.