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28 November 2008, 09:29

Microsoft adds malware detection to its Webmaster tools

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Microsoft has added two tools to its Webmaster Center toolbox, which webmasters can use to monitor and analyse their own web sites. The malware-detection tool looks for malicious code in all retrievable web pages of a site and checks links to external pages for possible infection. This is to enable web site operators to protect their visitors from unpleasant surprises like exploits and other attacks. A reporting function is provided to help eliminate problems.

Microsoft has also simplified the authentication process for owners of two or more web sites: in future they can use a single XML authentication file for all their sites. Authentication is designed to ensure that a site registered for analysis is genuinely under the user's control. Google offers similar services with its Webmaster Tools, which provide information about a page's ranking and similarly can look for malicious code.

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