If your website, "yourdomain", becomes an infected victim due to hacking, then below is shown how your website could appear if someone did a Google search:
As you can see, under "yourdomain" result is a link with the words "This site may harm your computer." Click on that link (not the regular one for the result) and you arrive at a Google Web Search Help Center page. It explains that the warning appears with results that Google has identified "as sites that may install malicious software on your computer." In other words, your website becomes blacklisted.
How Your Website Is Affected
If your website becomes blacklisted, not only will this stop all traffic to your website, but often no warning or notification from Google is sent to you that you have been blacklisted. You may never know that you have even been blacklisted unless you actually search for your site. You then need to take action to remove your site from the blacklisting which could take anywhere from 5 to 10 days. This could mean thousands of dollars in lost revenue that you may never see again. Can you really afford your website being an infected victim of hacking?
How Your Visitors Are Affected
As mentioned previously, websites can be victimized without the website owner ever knowing that it happened until it's too late. Unfortunately, there are also instances in which your site can be used in malicious ploys without being directly compromised. When this happens it's your visitors that deal with the brunt of the cyber attack, and once they have become the victim they stop being a visitor to your site or even a customer. In the best interests of both you and your visitors, it is imperative that you take the appropriate measures to ensure that your site is a safe place to visit. This will help ensure that you avoid getting the "This site may harm your computer" warning in Google search results and a similar warning at Yahoo.
How To Verify Your Website
You will now be shown how you can easily verify your website to see if it is listed as a suspicisous website. In case your site is found suspicious, you need to take immediate action to clean it. You might want to look at "TUTORIAL: Website Protection Against iFrame Injections" to help you in your clean up.
There are two simple methods you can use to check if your website is listed as suspicious:
You need to check with Google to see if your site is listed as suspicious. You can do this by using the following link:
Copy and paste the link into your browser. Before you use the link, you need to replace "yourdomain_name" with your actual website name.
Google will tell you if your website is suspicious or not.
You can go to the following website and enter your "yourdomain_name/". It will advise you on your website status.
Copy and paste the link into your browser and then enter your website name where indicated.
As mentioned previously, if you have suffered an iframe injection attack you need to act fast. If the security of your website is compromised, it can affect the search engine rankings of your website. Besides, it may pave way for more sophisticated attacks. Google will mark your site in it's search results with a warning: "This site may harm your computer". If a visitor sees the message "This site may harm your computer" pop up when (s)he try to access your website, (s)he may not return again and your traffic will go down to zero.
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