Mayhem Lurks. How to Come Back from a Hacker Attack!

Posted on Mar 13, 2012

Mayhem Lurks. How to Come Back from a Hacker Attack!

Your small business website is working great.  Your personal website now features a WordPress blog. Whether it is a personal website or a small business website, you have invested time, talent, and money in creating a website. Hopefully, you have made the decision to use ClickHOST for simple hosting or WordPress hosting. But you may not realize that Mayhem lurks around every dark corner.  Maybe it is a hacker, ready to pounce on your unprotected site just for kicks (the recent Zappos.com breach is a good example).  Or maybe it is a clever parasite, called malware, that has already wormed its way into your site undetected, sending spam email that can only be tracked back to you.  Even worse, what if Mayhem is actually you or your webmaster, who by some accidental keystroke, has crashed everything.  Even if the airbag deployed, and damage is minimal, you still need repair.  Here are three things that you need to consider, because it is not a matter of IF damage will happen, it is a matter of WHEN.  Are you ready for a hacker attack?  Are you protected from hackers?  Are you hosting with ClickHOST?

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Beware.

Just as in driving, the best way to avoid an accident is to be aware of your surroundings.  Anticipate where problems can occur, both problems caused by hackers, and problems that you can potentially cause.  At ClickHOST, we know that you have a business to run or content to write, and keeping up with the latest in website security may not be on the top of your “to-do” list.  When you choose to have ClickHOST host your website, you can rely upon us to keep up with the latest security risks. For example, the recent timthumb WordPress security flaw.  ClickHOST constantly monitors this so that they are aware of potential security breaches even before your site can feel the damage.  With a ClickHOST site, you are already ahead of the curve when it comes to security awareness.

 

Prepare.

Take steps now to assure that your site is safe.  If you have a WordPress site, investigate plugins that will create the security barrier your site needs.  If you are unsure of what you can do proactively to avoid potential security problems, talk with a ClickHOST support expert.  Because you have chosen ClickHOST, a team of experts is ready to assist you.  Don’t wait.  Contact ClickHOST now to learn more about how you can be prepared.

 

Repair.

You can be aware of potential security issues, you can prepare your site to lessen the chances, but in the end, it is just a matter of time until you will be faced with a serious problem.  If something bad happened today, would you know what to do first?  If you had chosen another host company, you could be on your own.  In the event of hacking or even a problem that you inadvertently created, you can rely on ClickHOST!  We have your back, or backup so to speak!  Did you know that ClickHOST backs up your site every day, every week, and every month, so you are ready when Mayhem strikes.  In the event of a problem, even if you do not have a backup plan yourself, ClickHOST can turn back the hands of time until a point where you are up and running.  If you didn’t choose ClickHOST, your site may not have the peace of mind.  So breathe deeply, knowing that you have made the best decision.

 

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14 Comments

  1. The biggest key is also one of the easiest — keep your WordPress up to date! There are certainly other considerations, but I see so many outdated WordPress sites and I’m sure this is a big cause of incidents.

    • Mickey, I cannot agree more! Excellent point, thanks.

  2. Running a small business has never been easy.
    Today, we are in especially challenging times!

    I prefer to be the webmaster for my business.
    I can’t count the number of times I’ve wrecked it.

    Most of the time, it’s a plugin conflict.
    Other times, I don’t have a clue!

    I appreciate that ClickHOST protects me
    from both myself and the lurkers!

    • Funny, but very true. Thanks for the kind words Mr HandyMan!

      –Carel+ClickHOST team

  3. I’m with Mickey on this — keeping things up-to-date is such a huge step in the right direction. and with that, maintian a healthy awareness of things that can go wrong. The recent post on TechParachute, re: “a little paranoia” is basic advice toward this same concept. http://www.techparachute.com/2012/on-line-safety-the-case-for-a-little-paranoia/

    • Interesting how we mention similar actions. I like your post!

      Thanks, Carel.

  4. I was hacked last year because, in my opinion, the passwords on my blogs were unchanged from the 5 letter ones originally issued by wordpress. It was shear lazyness on my part in not changing them and I paid for it dearly. The techs at Clickhost eventually got me back up and running but it wasn’t easy and I very much appreciated their efforts.

    It’s also a good idea to have the latest version of wordpress installed and since I don’t, I’m going to do it right now.

    Regards, John

    • John, I see a few people mention that keeping WordPress up to date as being the key. I agree 100%.

      With our new one-click installer it will notify you via email when you should update your WordPress install. Very handy!

  5. It never ceases to amaze me that intelligent people spend so much energy using their gift for destruction. Nowhere is the disparity between IQ and EQ more obvious.

  6. Have been battling malware infections for a while – they kept coming back. Am knocking on wood that they will stay away after the latest measures we took…

    Clickhost’s support staff is very responsive; it’s the main reason why I have been with them since 2004! :-)

    • Yea! Nardo we are working on services that will monitor and remediate if a hacker causes problems. Like they say in the classics: Watch this space!

      Thank you for being a customer since 2004!

  7. It’s obvious, we live in a world everybody wants to harm each other just to cover their own lack of success.
    I was hacked twice with my first unprotected Site in 2009 and studied how to protect it – and wasn’t hacked anymore since.
    It is about having a .htaccess and a few protecting Plugins to get the ‘stray dogs’ (bots) blocked – and if they dont find a ‘hole in the fence’ the hackers are not interested – these low intelligence script kiddies use tools (bots) to locate easy targets – and leave a bunch of trash behind them, which was others work for months / or years.
    And they do it cause they are just bored or need some ‘fun’ – weird world !?

    • Sad state of affairs. Thanks for commenting Andi.

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