Google hacking, also named Google dorking, is a computer hacking technique that uses Google Search and other Google applications to find security holes in the configuration and computer code that websites use.
A Google dork query, sometimes just referred to as a dork, is a search string that uses advanced search operators to find information that is not readily available on a website.
Google dorking can return information that is difficult to locate through simple search queries. That description includes information that is not intended for public viewing but that has not been adequately protected.
A search parameter is a limitation applied to a search. Here are a few examples of advanced search parameters:
– site: returns files located on a particular website or domain.
– filetype: followed (without a space) by a file extension returns files of the specified type, such as DOC, PDF, XLS and INI. Multiple file types can be searched for simultaneously by separating extensions with “|”.
– inurl: followed by a particular string returns results with that sequence of characters in the URL.
– intext: followed by the searcher’s chosen word or phrase returns files with the string anywhere in the text.