As a website owner, very little can leave you feeling shocked and vulnerable more than when your website it hacked – and rightly so. The hack could be as simple as having some unwanted verbiage on your website or temporarily losing control over your site. But given the right circumstances, the hack could be much more severe. If your business depends on the leads and sales you receive from your site, you could potentially be looking at lost revenues or customers because of the hack. And one thing is certain no matter what the hack is. If you don’t act quickly, it will leave more permanent scars on your site by damaging your SEO, your online reputation, or worse.
When you think you’re site has been hacked:
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In most cases, it looks like your site is either broken or has clearly been hijacked by someone else. In many cases, it will also be advertising or doing something you didn't ask it to like advertising offshore pharmaceuticals, sending spam, or downloading viruses onto visitors' computers.
The biggest sign of a hack is when you either receive a warning about it or notice something obviously wrong with your site like spam ads on your site or search results or noticeable defacement to the site. Another red flag is when your website tries to download something onto visitors' computers when it's not supposed to.
The most common warnings about suspected hacked sites are:
There are several kinds of hack including (but not limited to):
It can. Google and other search engines do understand that getting hacked is not necessarily your fault, but they also have to protect the people they would otherwise send to your site. Once they find out that you have been hacked, they warn people about that before letting them visit your site. If you don't address the problem quickly, they may also dock your search rank.
That depends on the hack. In most cases it can be fixed within a day or two. But when you've been hacked by a savvy hacker, it can take more time to determine how they're breaking in and to block them.
It depends on the hack. If the hackers simply added some code or files to your site, it's usually pretty quick to remove that. If they have done damage to the content or appearance of your site or if they have infected your server/hosting with malware also, it's a much more complicated fix. In many cases, the hack can be removed, your site can be upgraded to more modern security practices, and Google can be notified about the hack repair for only $250. Once you submit your site information to us, we can investigate provide you with a more exact estimate based on your unique situation.
Yes and no. Yes, restoring your site from a backup will make the problem go away temporarily. But if you determine how the hackers broke in and block them from getting in that way, you will typically just get hacked again within the day or two after you restore your site.
Yes and no. Yes, there are tools that can identify and remove hacked files, but those tools won't also fix the source of the hack and that means the hackers will be back and will just hack your site again. What we provide differs as we not only clean up the initial damage, but also stick with you to determine the cause of the hack so we can block the hackers from getting back into your site again. Especially if you're running ongoing SEO or marketing campaigns, it is crucial to make sure you don't keep getting hacked over again.
During the repair process, it is possible to get hacked again, but once we've identified the cause of the hack and blocked it, you won't be able to be hacked again unless another cause arises that is not quickly addressed. In addition to repairing the hack, we can also monitor and address such issues for you on an ongoing basis so you don't even have to think about the security components of your site.
Yes. Once we have identified the cause of the hack, we can block it. As technology changes, though, other security holes may pop up, so it's important to stay on top of the security on your site all the time. If you like, we can handle that ongoing maintenance for you as well so you can focus on what matters most to you - running your website rather than fixing it.
The most common causes of website hacks is running old versions of your CMS (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc), old or unsupported plugins/themes, or shoddy customizations done by another freelance programmer. That said, most CMS systems have core vulnerabilities intentionally in place because plugging those security vulnerabilities is either a different process for different hosting platforms or will likely cause side effects with a common collection of plugins and themes. If you’re afraid to run updates because it can break things as well or don’t know what to do, we can also maintain that for you with our ongoing security and maintenance plans.
Yes we do. If you have a clean/unhacked WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla website and just need someone to ensure that it stays that way, we can take over the routine maintenance and security of the site. Our maintenance plans include:
Pricing on our maintenance plans runs $30/month or $330/year (one month free when paid annually).
Yes. A lot of our clients have coupled our security and maintenance services with their own maintenance, marketing, development, or design services. Others simply need someone to turn to if their clients websites get hacked. For questions about reselling our services or to get a copy of our maintenance agreements for use reselling our services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 405-562-6360.
Yes. One of the more common things that we do here at UnHack.Us is rebuild websites in the “correct way”. Frequently self proclaimed “CMS experts” will try to extend your website by building custom plugins for features that already exist inside your CMS, by using raw PHP code to “shell your CMS” for a custom theme, by using a super powerful PHP framework for a basic website instead of a using a CMS, or by sandwiching your CMS into another part of a custom site they have built for you. Most of these methods are completely unnecessary and amount to an insecure website that feels like a “house of cards” even for the people using your site that know nothing about coding.
If you need a quote for a site rebuild, email us at email@example.com or call us at 405-562-6360.
Yes. We can run security audits for your website, your server, your web application, or any combination of those. For help with a security audit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 405-562-6360.
Not at this time.
If you host your email accounts on the same server that you host your website than many times we can help, yes. Ultimately, it depends on your unique email setup as to who has the ability to help.
In most cases, no. If you're social networking account(s) have been hacked, the best source of help will be contacting that social network to let them know and ask them for assistance.
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