1. Don’t Panic
The first thing you need to do if your website has been hacked is to take a deep breath and try not to panic. It can be a very stressful situation, but it’s important to keep a level head and think about what needs to be done in order to fix the problem.
2. Notify your hosting provider
If your website is hosted by a third-party provider, the first thing you need to do is notify them of the situation. They will likely have procedures in place to deal with hacked websites and will be able to help you get your site back up and running.
Here at M Business, we have a dedicated hosting provider so you don’t need to talk to anyone else. Plus, we have added security to ensure you don’t have to worry about hacks. Give Mike a call to learn more about the security measures we set on our hosted websites.
3. Change All Your Passwords
One of the first things you should do after your website has been hacked is to change all of your passwords. This includes the password for your hosting account, your CMS, your FTP account, and any other accounts that are associated with your website. Be sure to use strong passwords that are difficult to guess.
4. Restore from Backup
If you have a recent backup of your website, now is the time to restore it. This will replace all of the files that have been compromised by the hacker and will get your site back up and running quickly. If you don’t have a backup, you may be able to get one from your hosting provider.
5. Scan for Malware
Once you’ve restored your website from backup or fixed the files that were compromised, you need to scan for malware. There are many different types of malware, so it’s important to use a reputable scanning tool in order to ensure that all of the malicious code is removed from your site.
6. Clean-up Your Code
If you’re comfortable with coding, it’s a good idea to go through all of the files on your server and clean up any malicious code that may have been injected by the hacker. This can be a time-consuming process, but it’s important to make sure that all of the malicious code is removed from your site before putting it back online.
7. Harden Your Security
Once you’ve cleaned up your website and put it back online, it’s important to take steps to prevent future hacks. This includes updating all software on your server, using strong passwords, and restricting access to sensitive areas of your site. You may also want to consider installing a security plugin or service such as Wordfence or Sucuri.
6. Monitor Your Site Closely
Even after taking all of these steps, it’s important to monitor your website closely for any signs of suspicious activity. This includes monitoring traffic patterns, checking for unusual file changes, and keeping an eye out for any strange behavior from users or administrators.