Website Hacked? How to be alert!
Your website is one of your most important business assets. It creates your online identity and attracts the visitors around the globe. The safety and security of a website is necessary to keep high its authenticity factor.
Every website owner concerns about the security of his website. A website can be hacked at any moment and many of the hackers do not even leave an alerting sign behind. Many of the non technical website owners do not even realize the presence of malware or any foul activity on their website. Even if they realize, they lack the necessary aid to rescue their website from the hackers.
Unfortunately, today the hacking activities go unnoticed. These activities infect a website in many screwy ways. They put a direct effect on a website’s global reach or can directly harm your main server. Even if your website has been hacked at the initial stage, you can control it before it gets out of control.
But the question is HOW?
How can a person or an organization realize that their are some unfamiliar activities running in their website? How to come over the hackers? Most importantly, how to save your customers from the reach of any sort of hacking activity through your website? It is really hard to get to the hackers these days. They have advanced their techniques to the next level which is why it is difficult to find them. Besides that, you can save your website if you do not ignore the alerts or the alarming signs.
Here we have penned down few things to secure your website before it gets out of hand.
Make scanning a habit
Do a daily scanning!
Well, according to some concepts, scanning doesn’t work like a pro. But that is not the case.
Malware is a vicious type of software that welcomes many hostile elements and harmful programs. From the codes to content, it can damage everything within seconds.
If you are having a malware scanner installed in your web browser, you get a warning sign against of any hacking activity. The beautiful thing about the malware scanner is that it alerts you about the anonymous activities through email. There are many malware removal tools available for free of cost which help you to find all sort of viruses, Trojans, spyware or other threats. After running a scanner in your web browser, it alerts you about the malware and resolves it. Having a good and efficient malware scanner helps to catch all the unwanted elements on your website.
Notice the Google warnings
Whenever there is some anonymous activity runs on your website, Google alerts you about it. A hacked website cannot rank high and also sometimes, the hackers insert the spam links.
There are thousands of websites which get hacked on monthly basis. Most of the people get to know about hacking activities on their websites when they log in to a web browser and Google informs them about the glitch. Ignoring the early warnings from Google can leave your website at risk.
Take notice of unusual activities
The most effective and easiest way to detect an attack is to notice the unusual activities on your website. Anything that a customer complains of like spam emails, weird popups, adverts etc. Do not ignore them, take notice from the eyes of a pro. Your website traffic turning unusual is another hint towards hacking attack. Whenever users complain some unusual happening on your website, be alert. If you are having thousand visitors per day, surely one of them will take notice of the unfamiliar activity. In case he contacts you, make him sure that you are troubleshooting the issue.
Taking your website offline for some temporary time can also be a good thing to do at the time.
Contact your web hosting provider
Many hosting providing companies get alerts through automated system if your site has been hacked.
First of all get hosting from a trusted provider that has the policy to fight back any sort of bug. Most of the hosting providers have the policy of formatting a website that is infected. They usually take your webiste offline to preventing any further attack.
Register on Google Search console
Start with registering your website on Google search console. It is not only important for ranking aspect but also it alerts whenever your website encounters a hacking attack. Google search console is an excellent way to save your website from bad eyes but unfortunately it doesn’t work against cloaking. Cloaking is a technique in which cleaning a website becomes difficult by showing different content to different users. Wiki says that it is an SEO technique in which search engine’s spiders sees a different data than that of presented to user. Search console does not detect the cloaking so it does not give any alert regarding that.