Posted on : 12-05-2013 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing
Tags: Code injection, hackers, recovery, rollback
Don’t let hackers rob you off those precious online income you painstakingly build throughout the years. Stop intruders from hijacking your money making websites, particularly those running on WordPress software platform. What should you do if your site has been hacked? What measures must you take to remove the threats and bring the site back online?
Confirm If Your Blog Has Been Hacked
Before we dwell into the topic on what measures to take to deal with WordPress theme or plug-in exploits, it is important to determine if your site security has been compromised or not. Many webmaster overlook this and assume things are okay so long as there is no visible signs such as the displaying of ‘hacking pages’ and etc. It is not so straightforward nor easy to confirm if the security of your business web portal has been breach or not. Make it a point to scan your computer for virus and the possibility of injection of malicious codes and scripts.
If you are not WordPress technical savvy, then fret not; you can always consider third party expertise to help validate,verify and confirm your website ‘health’ exposure cyber attackers.
Inform Your Hosting Provider
The first thing you need to do is notify your web hosting provider at the soonest once you have confirmed your site has been hacked or your site security has been compromised. Most host service providers assists in regards to the restoration or reversion of files hosted on their network to an earlier date. A common term for this is process is called ‘roll back’. The restore dates varies ; once every day, once a week and once a month. If you request a restore they will usually agree to it.
You may have to pay additional service charge (usually as monthly or annual subscription fee) for daily data backup and express restoration service. You can restore the files yourself if you have the backup data and the technical experience. The restoration process is quit simple and straightforward. Check out this link to an earlier post on online data backup and restore via cPanel.
How Does Roll Back Helps?
One common technique used by most hackers to take control of a website is by inserting malicious code into an existing script or replacing it totally with a virus program. Replacing the affected files, essentially reverting to the previous version is one of the fastest method to recover from the attack. A roll back is more effective if you do data backup (both the WP database as well as the software ) on weekly or daily basis. You should scale up your data backup activity according to the frequency of information updates to your web pages.
Start At Fresh – A Clean WP Install
What should you do if your service provider, under whatever circumstances unable to restore your site to the previous date and you do not have backup copies of it? Under such situation, the only viable and sensible course of action to take is to start at fresh again. Start from ground zero, clean install process can be very time consuming and perhaps impact your on-line income. Always make it a point to upgrade the WordPress software, theme, plug-ins and make sure you change the default WP login name and password.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Many people secure their websites only after they have been hit. The impact is not trivial, it might lead to lost of hundreds if not thousands of dollars in revenue. You might even lose all your customers if confidential details of buyers are compromised. Fortify your network and secure your business portals at the soonest. Always make it a point to backup all important files (inclusive of databases ) so that you can quickly do a roll back if the need arise.
All it takes is just few simple measures to secure your on-line business for life. Be prepared for the worst though. Should the inevitable occurs, the steps described in this post can in some way help you to jump start the recovery process.