How to Recover a Hacked Website

June 17, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

Do you know what to do if your website is hacked? A number of small businesses have had their websites hacked in recent months. The causes have been poor password selection or malware infested plug-ins. But that’s water under the bridge. It’s happened. Your site has been successfully hacked. What do you do now?

Fortunately Google has created a very helpful eight step process for recovering a hacked websites. The steps begin at the beginner level and progress to the intermediate and advanced skill levels.

Did you watch the video? If so, you just completed step one. Here’s the Google process in order:

Unfortunately most of the above actions are beyond the scope of direct ASBTDC assistance. We can point you to some other good online sources and tools, but you or someone employed by you gets to do the dirty work of applying the fixes. As in medicine, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. Back up your website regularly and know how to restore it. Keep software up to date. Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Beware of third party plug-ins for WordPress and other content management systems.

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About Timothy Lee

Tim, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center's webmaster and technical training specialist, has been with ASBTDC since 1995. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of master sergeant. He's a bit gung-ho, turns cat food cans into cook stoves, and keeps packing ASBTDC equipment for rapid worldwide deployment, but he's your "go to" guy for technical solutions and full-scale disasters.

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