So Your Site Has Been Hacked

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So Your Site Has Been Hacked

These days, people all over the world can utilize the world of computer technology to communicate with friends, do business, promote a cause, or entertain themselves. However, the rise of hacking can seriously complicate an individual’s ability to enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of computer technology. To learn more about hacking and how to protect yourself against it, review the short outline provided below:

What Is Hacking?

Although defined broadly, hacking is basically defined as the process of circumventing computer security in order to take data without authorization. Hacking can transpire on the internet, but it can also involve breaking into a computer on the premise of fixing a security problem. The individuals who hack computers are most commonly referred to as hackers.

Why Do People Hack?

There are a wide range of reasons that people hack into computers. Here are three of the most common reasons:

1. Hacking For Fun Or Social Approval

Some hackers break into computers, network systems or servers because they find it to be challenging and fun. In some cases, individuals will start hacking into computers in order to appear cool to friends or peers.

2. Hacking To Steal

Another reason that individuals opt to hack into computers is to take money, information, or any other entity deemed valuable. Large companies and banks are some of the most common victims of hacking jobs. However, small businesses and even individuals can also be targeted.

3. Hacking To Disrupt

Oftentimes, hackers opt to target companies in order to disrupt the business process by creating chaos that inconveniences the company. In many cases, hackers exact this type of disruptive behavior in order to make a statement, demonstrate the inadequacy of a company’s security processes, or to show their dissatisfaction or disapproval with the business’s values and practices.

What Are The Risks Of Hacking?

There are several risks involved in hacking, for both the hacker and the person whose computer equipment is hacked. In the event that you are the victim of hacking, you could lose valuable data or witness the complete destruction of your computer equipment. Another risk of hacking is identity theft. In cases where a hacker is caught engaging in this disruptive activity, she or he could be fined or imprisoned.

How To Protect Yourself Against Hacking

There are several ways for people to protect themselves against hacking. Here are some of them:

1. Encrypt Your Data.

One way to protect yourself against hacking is to encrypt your data before sending it over the internet. When data is encrypted, individuals who intercept the data transfer process will not be able to understand it. Each time you send important data such as passwords, usernames, or credit card numbers, you can send it securely. To verify that your data is encrypted, look for the internet browser security lock. It should appear in the address bar or the bottom right corner of the browser window. The lock should be in the locked position (not unlocked).

2. Remember That E-mail Is Not Encrypted.

It’s important to note that information sent via e-mail is not encrypted. For this reason, individuals and business owners should not send confidential/controversial information (such as credit cards or passwords) via e-mail. In the event that e-mail data is accessed by an unauthorized third party, it could be appropriated for malevolent purposes.

3. Be Cognizant Of Hacking Scams.

There are a plethora of scams that hackers use to get information from people. One of the most common scams is the phishing scam. Phishing scams involve tricking people into giving out their account information. Paypal, Amazon, eBay, and online banking sites are popular targets.

4. Select Your Password Wisely.

To prevent your computer from being hacked into, be sure that you are using a secure password. Strong passwords are uncommon and incorporate both capital and decapitalized letters as well as numbers and symbols. An example of a good password would be Dil847tlfs. A bad password would be luckyday. It’s also a good idea to create and use different passwords for every website that you need to login to. Finally, note that you can use a password manager to remember your passwords.

5. Be Careful With Installation Prompts.

Oftentimes, hackers will offer computer users the opportunity to install a helpful application in order to access their data. Thus whenever you are prompted to install a program, make sure that you thoroughly read and grasp the agreement. If there is any aspect of the agreement that seems odd or compromising, click the “cancel” button.

6. Be Conscious Of Your Environment.

Hackers often lurk around library, school, and work settings. They do this so that they can find people and obtain information to hack into computers. Be aware that these hackers may try to watch you as you key in a password, thereby enabling them to gain access to your important accounts.

7. Confirm The Security And Safety Of Websites.

Using third-party services to ensure the security of a website before entering it is another great way to protect yourself against hacking. Tools such as Web of Trust (WOT) can be used to ensure a website’s safety.

Removing Viruses

In some cases, hackers will “infect” a computer with a virus that causes it to malfunction. While these viruses can be fatal, it is sometimes possible to remove them. For example, some people have found themselves able to remove viruses with a program such as Wordfence. There are several features that Wordfence includes which will enable you to remove a virus. Some of them include:

1. Upgrade your site to the domain’s newest version.
2. Upgrade your plugins and themes to the latest versions.
3. Change all the site passwords.
4. Create an additional backup site. At this point, you will have an infected site that is running on the latest version. In the event that you break something while cleaning the site, you can revert to the backup.
5. Go to Wordfence’s options page and select everything under the “Scans to include” heading.
6. The results of the scan may reveal a lengthy list of files that have been infected. Start working through the list. Examine the files and start editing them by hand or delete them. Keep in mind that you will not be able to undo your deletions. However, you can restore accidentally deleted files by following the backup recommendations outlined above.
7. Examine any changed theme, plugin, or core files. Use Wordfence’s option to note any changes between the original and current file. In the event that the changes appear malevolent, repair the file.
8. Once you have completed the repair work, run another scan to ensure that the site is clean.
9. If you have any challenges, contact Wordfence at genbiz@wordfence.com.

Conclusion

These days, hacking has become a serious issue for many people. Although some hacking is inevitable, this does not mean that you have to be a passive victim. Instead, use the information and advice outlined above to protect your computer from hacking and remove viruses. In so doing, you will be able to use your computer technology in a safe, secure manner.

 

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