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Google Webmaster Tools Offers Users New ‘Security Issues’ Feature for User-Friendly Hacked Site Recovery

According to the Google Webmaster Central Blog, verified site owners now have access to a new tool that ensures stress-free site recovery after being hacked with spam or malware. Security Issues, the new feature in Webmaster Tools, offers users an easy way to streamline the cleaning process involved in hacked site recovery. For any site owner who is surprised by malware and spam, this user-friendly solution is just what the doctor ordered.

Security Issues provides the following benefits:

New Google Webmaster Tools Security Issues feature makes cleaning up spam and malware easier.
New Google Webmaster Tools ‘Security Issues’ feature makes cleaning up spam and malware easier.

All detected malware and spam now available in one place. Security Issues provides one main page that lists the type of hacking, sample URLs, and the detected issue date. Google even provides additional information about the suspicious activity and provides direction to repair the site.

Users will now have access to detailed code snippets to help pinpoint the problem. When available, HTML and JavaScript code snippets, identified to be part of the hacked URLs, will be provided. This gives a site owner access to the suspicious code to make appropriate corrections.

Requesting a review for all the changes made on the site will now be easier. Once the user has identified and cleaned the issues, he or she can then request a review of the site from the same Security Issues page.


The Security Issues tool will be a benefit to all webmasters who are faced with spam and malware. Once again, Google listened to the webmaster community, provided an easy, user-friendly tool to solve what can be a very complex issue, and has taken big steps to make the Internet a safe place for business.

About Garry Grant

Garry Grant is a veteran expert in search engine optimization and the digital marketing industry. With nearly 20 years of experience, Garry has successfully built a multi-service operation at SEO, Inc., developing proprietary technologies through complex strategic solutions. He has extensive experience in key initiatives and operational responsibilities grounded in information technology and performance management.

Garry’s expertise and esteemed reputation, coupled with SEO Inc.’s impressive client success record has earned him such accolades as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2005 Hot List for the Hottest Internet Property, Inc. 500 2007 Honorary award for Fastest Growing Private Company in America, an Inc. 500 top 50 Company in San Diego, and interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Garry Grant began his online career in 1993 creating strategic Web and e-business solutions for, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Premiere Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, EarthLink and Artisan Motion Pictures. Today, Garry and SEO Inc.’s highly skilled digital strategists develop proprietary technology and strategic digital marketing direction for Fortune 500 companies including, SC Johnson, McAfee,, Inc Magazine, IGN, Tacorri, LPL Financial, National Kidney Foundation, G4 TV, Fuel TV and Sony, just to name a few.