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Google Changes How it Ranks Hacked Spam

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Sites that have been hacked can be risky for both businesses and their customers, and Google announced it is changing its search engine algorithmto target these sites more aggressively.

In fact, Google is likely to stop displaying hacked sites in search results at all rather than displaying them far down in the listings.

The behaviors it will penalize sites for include the marketing of counterfeit goods, illegal pharmaceuticals, port and promotion of low quality sites. It’s already against Google’s standards to promote anything illegal in Adwords.

Just last month, the U.S. Small Business Association warned companies to ramp up cybersecurity efforts.

If your site has been hacked, let your Online Image® account specialist know. You can also check out Google’s guide to fixing the problem yourself.

In related news, Google has stopped showing locks with little yellow triangles before the URLs of sites with a mix of HTTP and HTTPS content. The change, which will occur in the latest version of Chrome, means users will see either a lock with a green triangle, one with a red triangle or a gray paper symbol.