iblo gzo ne .co m http://www.iblo gzo ne.co m/2013/03/webmaster-help-fo r-hacked-sites.htmlGoogle Launches Webmaster Help For Hacked SitesIf you are in doubt about the chances of your site getting compromised,the recent release of Google’s webmaster help f or hacked sites should bea good indicator on just how widespread this problem is. If you have awebsite, be advised that it does not matter if it is big or small, your sitestands an equal chance of being compromised. Perhaps, the more popularones are more prone to attacks, but then again, those popular sites arelikely to have increased “def enses” and proper “recovery plans” in place, incase something happens. How about your site?Google knows that this is not a small risk to site owners and in lieu of theever increasing threats out there, has created a whole new section on howto tackle matters if your site has sadly been compromised. While this isgreat, I just wanted to let you know that bef ore that, there are several things that you can do to avoid havingto go to Google’s Hacked sites help section.Start by reading these articles on how to increase your websites security, specially in you are onWordPress… WordPress Security Plugins, Protect Your Online Business WordPress Security For Blogs and Small Business, Why care? Create A Strong And Unique Password (oldie but still works) Password Management Guide (downloadable f or f ree)T he articles (and guides) above, if you have read and implemented some of the suggestions, will notguarantee 100% security. Nonetheless, it will help to increase your websites security and prevent as much aspossible attempts to hack your site.Now, in the likelihood that those suggestion have f ailed to avoid your site f rom being compromised, this iswhere you may want to head over Google’s Hacked site help section f or f urther inf ormation on how to dealwith the problem.
As you can see, there are many ways that an attacker can gain access to your site. WordPress users shouldalways be caref ul when choosing plugins and f ree themes, as some can contain malicious coding and openpossibilities f or an unf riendly visit.Read: Free WordPress T hemes, Shocking Facts You Need To KnowFollowing the discovery that your site has been compromised, f ollow through the next steps, as provided onGoogle’s help f or hacked sites. 1 Watch the overview (completed – you just watched it, right) Beginner 2 Contact your hoster and build a support team Beginner 3 Quarantine your site Intermediate 4 Touch base with Webmaster Tools Intermediate 5 Assess the damage (hacked with spam) or Advanced Assess the damage (hacked with malware) 6 Identif y the vulnerability Advanced 7 Clean and maintain your site Advanced 8 Request a review IntermediateT hat’s it! I sincerely do not wish f or anyone to have to go through using Google’s webmaster help f orhacked sites. However, if the unwanted happens, at least you have more inf ormation on how to deal with it.BT W, I f ound this video that is quite interesting. Dr. Loveland and her special guest Eve Hacker takes you ona precautionary journey regarding computer security, with a talk entitled “How to Hack a Web Site”. Maybeknowing a bit more about what motivates people f rom doing what they do and how they accomplish it, canhelp you f urther understand how to protect your site.