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WordPress Site Hacked – How to Fix WordPress Security Breaches

Is your WordPress Site Hacked? How to fix it is all your panicked mind can think about. If so, we offer relief in this post. If you have not been hacked, we offer how to fix WordPress security breaches before they occur.

WordPress is great for amateur webmasters and pros alike, but ease-of-use comes at a price. Simple WordPress security mistakes open up potential for costly security breaches. It costs a lot of time to put a website back together and it costs you lost traffic and revenue, not to mention your reputation for having a safe site. Don’t  play the odds by procrastinating. Put it on your calendar for this week to apply these simple measures to prevent WordPress security risks on your sites.

My WordPress is Hacked, Help! How to Fix it!

If your WordPress is hacked, how to fix it is easier (and cheaper) than you think. First things first, scan your website for free now!

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After scanning your site, call (713 909 0362) to sign up directly with us. At no additional cost to the Sucuri subscription, we will set up Sucuri on your website and  will work with their professional malware removal specialists on your behalf to put your website back in working order in a few hours.

Rather than thrash about spending hours attempting to recover your site and possibly causing more harm than good, call in the experts. Whoa! Sounds expensive. It is not, thanks to an affordable and effective malware monitoring and cleanup service. More on monitoring later, if your WordPress is hacked, you will be amazed to know that you can sign up for Sucuri right now, and your already-infected site is covered! That is like buying health insurance AFTER you break your leg. Incredible! But true!

Sucuri’s WordPress security resources have been fighting malware for almost a decade. So after you pay a fraction of the cost that attempts at self-cleanup would cost you, you can immediately turn in a ticket to have your hacked site recovered. Sucuri assigns your site a malware analyst who uses automated and manual techniques to clean and restore your site. No additional fees, only the price of WordPress security monitoring for a year.

Still not convinced that Sucuri can help you recover your hacked WordPress site? Click the button above, go to “Support” and chat with them live. Ask the hard questions! Comment on this blog to let us know what your experiences were.

How to Prevent WordPress Security Breaches

Before your WordPress site is hacked, thake these precautionary measures to harden your security.

Use Complex Usernames and Passwords

Avoid using simple usernames such as “admin” or other real words. Both your username and password should be long, mixed with letters, numbers, and symbols, and difficult to guess. Failure to take this small step placed your site in peril of being hacked.

Run the Latest WordPress Version

New WordPress versions provide solutions for security issues discovered by others who have been hacked. Use their pain for your gain and upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. You may have a plugin that needs a little more time to catch up to the latest WordPress version, but read the version change log so you can understand the risks you are taking. Perhaps you can use a different plugin that stays more current on WordPress. Think long before postponing an WordPress version upgrade.

Maintain your Plugins and Theme

Update your theme as new versions come out especially if the new version contains security fixes. Frequently check for plugins that need to be updated. Eliminate plugins no longer in use to reduce the number of ways that hackers can find to worm their way in. Before ever using a plug-in, verify the developer’s reputation by checking out forums and reviews.

Backup Your Website

Your website hosting servers are vulnerable to malicious and accidental loss. Without a complete backup, your site is at a high risk for permanent damage. Be aware of your website hosting backup schedules and methods of recover. If it is not adequate, use a plugin or other method to regularly backup your files. Store the backups in a safe place.

Disable Directory Browsing

This simple change to your .htaccess file can prevent website visitors user from browsing through the files of your site’s directories. Add this prompt to your .htaccess: Options All -Indexes. Note that the ‘-‘ symbol means to “remove” the access, changing it to ‘+’ enables the directory browsing access.

Block Spam

Use honeypots, captchas, and other human-proving devices to block spam. Use services such as Askimet and plugins such as Anti-Spam Bee to remove the spam that does get through.

Use a Monitoring Service with Alerts

Sucuri monitors your website continually and alerts your through your preferences of SMS, email, Twitter, chat, and RSS feed if your site encounters a threat. The monitoring is quick and easy to set up. The affordable monitoring fee includes recovery of your site if the unspeakable happens. Contact our internet marketing business directly for discounted service.

What are your tips for preventing a WordPress security breach? What have your WordPress hacked site recovery experiences been? Share by commenting below!

By Wanda Anglin

Wanda Anglin has a passion to help businesses and non-profits reach their goals by attracting more of the right website visitors. Her empathy and understanding for small business challenges comes from a background in project management, sales support, accounting, and business ownership. When not helping clients, Wanda is traveling, fixing her home, or tending to her 900 trees (really).

2 comments

  1. HackRepair.com is another customer service oriented website cleaning service with a fine reputation for answering their phones and cleaning sites quickly. Massively long customer testimonials page to boot.

    HackGuard.com is a 30 cents a day “not automated” proactive Monitoring, Management, Backup and Security service.You’ll never be hacked with HackGuard.com watching your back.

  2. Good advice, thank you!

    It is important to understand that malware is just one of the possible security problems that you can face. But there are many many more.

    Most of website/blog owners think of security when its already too late, when problems occur. It is much better and cheaper to stay proactive.

    Google has some great resources for hacked site recovery : http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.ca/2012/12/helping-webmasters-with-hacked-sites.html

    Also, great resource for identifying vulnerabilities, not just malware : http://itsecurityadvice.net

    thanks,

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