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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?
Start with these simple, and free, tools online:
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 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.
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.
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!