As security researchers and hackers continue to look for vulnerabilities to exploit, search engines like Google have become a powerful tool in their arsenal. Google’s advanced operators, or “Google Dorks“, can be used to search for information that is not normally accessible through a regular search.
In this article, we will discuss the top seven Google Dorks that you need to know.
The cache operator is used to show the cached version of any website. It can be useful for recovering deleted pages or recovering content from websites that are down. For example, to see the cached version of the example.com website, you can use the following dork:
The after operator is useful for finding results after a specific date. It can be used with other dorks, such as site dorks, to filter the results according to your specific needs. For example, to search for results after 2019, you can use this dork:
This dork will display all the results that are published after 2019 for the example.com website.
The allintext operator searches for specific text contained on any web page. This means it will look for web pages that contain all the specified words in their text. For example, to search for web pages that contain the word “admin”, you can use:
The allinurl operator is exactly the same as the allintext operator, but will show pages that contain titles with “X” characters. For example, to search for web pages whose titles contain the word “password”, you can use:
5. Anchor Tag
The anchor tag is useful when you need to search for exact anchor text used on any links. It can be coupled with other dorks like filetype for more accuracy in the results. For instance, to look for all files of the “php” extension containing the “Some_Text” anchor tag:
The ext operator works like the filetype operator, but it searches for files using their extension as a parameter. For example, to look for all PDF files containing the word “python”:
The allinurl operator can be used to fetch results whose URL contains all the specified characters. For instance, to search for web pages containing the word “login” in its URL:
These are seven of the most important Google dorks that every security researcher needs to know. They can be extremely useful in finding hidden information, and can be coupled with other operators for even more specific results.
However, it should be noted that using Google dorks to gain unauthorized access or information can be illegal, so it is important to use them responsibly and ethically.