On Friday, a number of Google Search Console users (previously Webmaster Tools), received re-verification emails to authorise users.
Since account managers themselves did not initiate these requests, there was room for concern.
Google have however since confirmed that this was a mistake. They have added that these emails can be safely ignored. Google’s John Mueller tweeted:
FYI We had an issue with Search Console reverifications recently & sent out a bunch of emails; double-check the accounts, but don’t panic 🙂
— John Mueller (@JohnMu) July 8, 2016
The emails in question were sent from the authorised Google Search Console Team’s email address. The email body stated “Google has identified that [email] has been added as an owner of [domain name].”
Search Engine Land elaborated on the actual issue as follows:
“…the verification method became invalid for a large number of sites in Google Search Console, and then Google had to reverify those sites. So during that process, it resent verification notifications to those users.”
Google have advised to login to your Search Console and check your list of authorised users. This way you can confirm that all users in your list are in fact authorised, and no malicious activity has taken place. As a Phancybox client, this is something that you can leave up to us to monitor for you.
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