Safeguarding Your Website from Hackers

Posted by design 11/20/2015 0 Comment(s) Website Security for Newbs,

Hackers are more savvy every day. Often, if your site has been hacked, you won't know it for quite some time. What can you do, today, to make sure that everything is kosher?


 


Checking For Malware


 


Start with these simple, and free, tools online:


 


1. cPanel Virus Scanner



  • Login to your cPanel (yoursite.com/cpanel).

  • Under the ADVANCED section, select VIRUS SCANNER

  • Select SCAN ENTIRE HOME DIRECTORY

  • Results show within a few minutes.


 


2. Google Safe Browsing



  • Visit https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/

  • Enter your domain name (yoursite.com)

  • Results display immediately.


 


3. Sucuri Site Check



  • Visit https://sitecheck.sucuri.net

  • Enter your domain name. (yoursite.com)

    * If you get an error saying that content couldn't be found, try adding the www prefix

  • Results will display within a few moments. Items in RED need your attention. 

    * You will notice they try and sell you a firewall. Rest assured, all of our servers do have a firewall.


 


If any of the above show negative results, submit all details to hosting support. Depending on the type of infection, we can often assist in removing malicious files. 


 


 


Preventing An Attack


 


Preventing an attack is relatively easy, but often ignored. If you don't think it can happen to you, you're wrong. So, what can you do?


 


1. Keep your passwords unique and secure.  See our previous post regarding creating and securely storing passwords.


2. Keep your software up to date, on your hosting and on your computer. 



  • If you login to Wordpress and get a notification that there's a new release, update it.

  • If your computer tells you there's a new version of Java Oracle available, upgrade it.

  • Updates are there for your safety. Don't ignore them.  When it comes to website software, watch for the term "security update". Often an update is only for function or aesthetics; however, security updates are essential.


4. Be careful who you share your logins with. If you're working with a developer, be sure they're reputable. Issue logins just for them with limited access, then disable/change those logins later.


5. Keep backups. If something goes terribly wrong, you'll be glad you have this safety net.


 


 


Recovering from a Hacker


 


The damage done can vary. It can range from mildly irritating to absolute chaos.


 


1. Change all of your passwords and update all of your local software on your computer.


2. Contact your web host for guidance. 


3. If you're sure your backup doesn't contain infected files, ask your host to restore it for you.


 


Finally, don't discount professional malware removal services. Check out Sucuri Malware Removal or similar reputable services. This may save time and headache that you already have enough of!


 

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