So, you have got your website customized to the way you wanted. You are elated seeing the increasing number of visitors. With the appealing theme of the word press on your website and the plug-ins, and a good ranking owing to SEO services, you are contented. And your business is growing! Suddenly one day you notice that you are not able to open your website. Instead you are navigated to some other page that is not yours. You try again and again typing the domain name correctly each time but in vain! It is replaced completely. Yes, your website is hacked! And this is an obvious clue.
Start repairing. You will get your website back. Change the password to a strong and complex one. And then immediately contact your hosting provider. Ensure that until your website is fixed, you keep it offline with a message for the visitors that your website is under construction. Using the Google Webmaster Tools (GWT), malicious URLs can be easily removed. Ensure that your hosting provider takes care of the inventory so that malware or any other suspicious file is not installed. And you cannot compromise sharing your sensitive information to the hackers! Many a website owner enters into annual maintenance contracts with web developers for the maintenance of their websites. They can help you deal with the problem. Once all suspicious elements are removed, re-install your operating system followed by restoration and re-launch of your website from back-up data. This should be followed by performing of software updates, restoring URLs, adding fresh content, auditing, and related paraphernalia.
What about your website being hacked without your knowledge? Hackers hack using the latest techniques to avoid detection. Without the owner’s knowledge they install malware, virus, and collect valuable information. Users and visitors of the website who are engaged in writing emails, ordering products, engaging in online transactions, etc. get affected too. It may affect your Google ranking too.
Regular updating of software, change of passwords and installation of effective anti-virus solutions will keep your website safe. The more precautionary measures you take, safer will be your website from hackers.