Don’t trade online? If your site gets hacked, what’s the worst that could happen?
Google may post a message over your home page like this…
Would you continue to the site after seeing that?
Overt hacks, where a site is vandalised, is annoying. Covert hacks are more harmful. Code may be injected into the site to distribute malware or record visitors keystrokes.
Once compromised, ensuring the ‘back door is closed’ to hackers can take weeks or even months. With ‘Ransomware’ they may demand significant payment to restore your site.
Uh-Oh… That’s made it worse!
Your site may have been built incorrectly or poorly backed up. If so, updating software yourself may result in all bespoke development work being deleted.
That’s going to ruin your web developer’s day and they will be entitled to charge you to put it right.
Think Your Site’s Security has been Compromised
- Immediately change passwords for everyone with site access.
- Contact your web developer immediately.
What Your Developer Will Do
- Ensure everything is backed up, prior to upgrading software.
- May attempt to remove any malicious code with a ‘back-end audit’.
- May contact hosting provider to get the site quarantined.
- Best practice: get the host to ‘roll it back’ to a date, prior to the attack.
Then you can rest easy and go back to the day job.