What is Google Hacking ?

Google Hacking

This article is going to be all about Google Hacking. We live in a world where everything and anything that you might need is available on the internet at your disposal. Most people do not know how powerful a search engine Google is. We can do a lot of useful things with the help Google we just have to use it the right way.

Google Hacking is all about taking Google search to the next level. So if some of you are wondering why do I keep saying Google, there are like some other really good search engines out there, well it’s because of the following reasons.

  1. It is one of the most powerful search engine
  2. It is updated frequently.
  3. It has a very innovative page ranking algorithm which takes into consideration a lot of things.

Google Hacking basically means to use Google to get the best of the best search results. It is achieved by using some special operators known as ‘Google Operators.

Google Hacking

 

Google Operators are just some operators used to refine the search results. They help you get the appropriate results and eliminate unwanted results. They are often used by cyber criminals for their own bad purposes.

Here is a table showing some of the advance operators

 


Operator

Purpose

intitleSearch for words in the page Title
allintitleSearch for multiple words in the page Title
inurlSearch for words in the page URL
allinurlSearch multiple words in the page URL
filetypeSearch for specific files
allintextSearch text of page only
siteSearch specific site
linkSearch for links to pages
inanchorSearch link anchor text
numrangeLocate number
daterangeSearch in data range

Here are a few scenarios

  • If you want to search for a specific file type on Google, like a pdf or a PowerPoint presentation, here is what you will have to type in the search bar

Filetype:ppt Solar Energy

  • If you are looking  for a website that contains the word technology in its URL

Inurl:technology smartphones

  • For searching a specific website

Site: www.windowscentral.com Surface Book.

Aside from “hacking”, these operators can prove to be very useful in your day to day life and as for the hacking part you will have to be creative and use specific operators to get the information you need, remember you can also use multiple operators at once.

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