What do you do if your website gets flagged by Google Search Console as having a security issue?
Google announced they are testing a new feature that will allow users, whose websites have been flagged, to request the company to review their website and identify what the security issue reported might be.
Google provides many support mechanisms, but we recognize there can be situations where site owners may wish to report urgent bugs or other issues in a timely manner. To help, we’re piloting a new reporting system beginning with security issues.
— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) August 26, 2020
Google’s new security system reporting feature. Google’s new reporting system will start with security issues and, in the future, move forward to include the reporting of urgent bugs and other possible issues. For now, the security reporting system will allow website owners to report potential false positives, or request a re-review of the security issue, by using the new “Report a Security Issue” button.
Currently, this new reporting system is still in the testing stages. Thus, the feature might not be working for everyone. According to Google, “this reporting tool is currently only available to those coming from English-language help pages.” Furthermore, for those the feature is available, they need to remember that for it to work they have to be signed in to Google Search Console.
Ah, one more thing, the security issues that can be reported fall into three categories: hacked content, malware & unwanted software and social engineering. More information can be found on the Security Issues Report’s page.
The reason you should care. There was an incident where Google removed websites from Google Search by mistake because, as the company stated, “our system misidentified the websites as being hacked.” This new reporting tool will help website owners prevent such mishaps from happening, or if they do sort them out quickly it will help reduce any lost traffic due to a false positive security issue.