The word “HACKING” means that someone through various methods has obtained forced access to a hardware or software computer system.
Every site manager’s nightmare is to have their own website hacked. A website hack can be defined as an attempt to hack a website to gain unauthorized access, steal data, or manipulate information. The reasons why a hacker decides to hack into your site can be of various nature, but in most cases he intends to earn money illegally: by stealing bank credentials and personal data, or by diverting your organic traffic to malicious pages.
In 90% of cases, a hacker hits a site due to lack of updates and a lack of attention to site security and maintenance that make it vulnerable. Smaller websites are generally easier to hack because they have weaker security and contain passwords, data, and credentials.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY A HACKER ATTACK:
When a WordPress site is under attack, quickly understanding what is happening is essential to restore it as soon as possible and to limit the damage. Certain signals make it unmistakable, for example, the presence of viruses or malware on the site. It could happen when opening your website that you can find yourself in front of other contents, and here you are clearly faced with a violation. The same goes if you are redirected to another site that has nothing to do with your business. In some cases the home page is blocked, in others it is still possible to browse the pages of the site, but the graphics are altered or there are suspicious banners or other pop-ups that open in bursts or even you can receive messages with attached links that push us to click giving full access to the hacker.
HOW TO RESOLVE AND PREVENT:
In case your website has been hacked and you would like to prevent it from happening in the future you have come across the right place here are some tips for you to follow:
Point 1: Restore the last working backup: Your website could have been hacked in several ways, from password cracking or exploiting a vulnerability. First of all, if you have the possibility, get the last working and malware-free backup and restore it. If you’re not sure when the breach started, choose the oldest backup possible for the best chance of a clean recovery. Once restored, put the site into maintenance mode.
Step 2: Scan your website: Look for malware or any other malicious element that could compromise your website again. There are several scanning tools to choose from that can help you detect the root of the problem. Choose one that can also check whether or not your site is on major online blacklists.
Step 3: Reset WordPress: Login to your admin to reinstall WordPress. This will overwrite any core files that may have been compromised during the hack. However, you may need to double-check each post and comment for malicious elements and also make sure that all plug-ins are updated to the latest version.
Point 4: Double-check your passwords: Perform a reset of all your passwords, making sure you create passwords with alphanumeric sequences that are difficult to decipher and not using the same one over and over again. To make the next attack more difficult, make sure all admin/editor accounts have two-factor authentication turned on.
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