Google’s new malware notifications

In a welcome move, Google will now be sending detailed information to people whose websites have been infected with malware. This occurs frequently when people use old versions of content management systems like WordPress or Joomla. Attackers use known security flaws to add their own code to vulnerable sites: spreading viruses, stealing information, manipulating search engines, and so on.

Given how many blogs get started and abandoned – and how many bloggers lack the technical savvy to identify and remove infections themselves – this should help make the web a bit safer.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

2 thoughts on “Google’s new malware notifications”

  1. Thanks. At some point I ought to move a site to a more modern WYSIWYG CMS but not for a while.

  2. I really dislike so-called ‘WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get).’

    I prefer to work with HTML, where there are fewer headaches and surprises.

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