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My website has been hacked – what do I do?

By BloggerKhan

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By BloggerKhan

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In the wild wild west of the internet era that we are living in, getting hacked is a reality of life. If you haven’t been hacked yet, you are going to be. It is also quite possible that you have been hacked but you just don’t know about it. Quite often your hosting company will suspend your account and send you a brief message that there is malware and viruses on your website and you need to remove them before they will un-suspend your account.

So what do you do if your website has been hacked? How do you de-hack your website? You hire a developer to take care of it. If you have an ongoing maintenance contract with a developer, quite often he can help. If he doesn’t do that, he can refer you to someone who does. If you have backups, that will help. If not, you will be in a bit of a dicey situation and it may take developers 20 to 30 hours to remove malware, viruses and similar nefarious items from your website.

Once your website is de-hacked, please make sure you do regular backups, make your passwords more complex and also ask your hosting company to tighten up their security. Keeping your website’s software updated also helps.

Good Luck!

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