Google has tweaked its search engine to notify web users if a particular website has been compromised.
In a blog post, the company said that the new hacked notification feature is based on a set of automated systems that flag up a website if it has been altered by a third party for spamming or other nefarious purposes.
The search engine hopes that the new addition will help to ensure users have a safe and secure web browsing experience.
When users search for a particular product, service or site, pages which have been compromised will show up on the search results with the notification "This site may be compromised" under them.
Clicking on the link will redirect users to a help page providing further details on the notification and offer tips.
“When we detect something suspicious, we’ll add the notification to our search results. We’ll also do our best to contact the site’s webmaster via their Webmaster Tools account and any contact email addresses we can find on the webpage,” the company said.