Today’s websites face security threats from countless angles. Websites run by individuals, and corporations alike, face such threats. Of course, nobody wants to see a website hacked or compromised. A hacking incident causes headaches for everyone involved, and tons of negative PR for the webmaster. If your website gets hacked, then what’s your next move?
Assess The Damage (Also, Don’t Panic!)
A panicked response to a hacking never ends well. However, some urgency is required with damage control. You’ll need to check out your website to look for visible damage. Then you’ll need to comb through server and other database information to look for stolen files. In reality, hackers could damage or deface your website in a multitude of manners, so look for damage everywhere.
Alert Your Users and Visitors
Perhaps the worst response to a hacking involves remaining silent. By being transparent, your users can find out how the hacking has affected them, or their personal information. This also gives you an opportunity to reveal potential fixes and remedies. Transparency helps avoid an erosion of users that leave because they don’t trust your website; so don’t hide a hacking.
Repair The Damage & Beef Up Security
After a hacking, you need to take a long, hard look at your existing security measures. Your website’s infrastructure could require recoding to close loose ends. A payment portal could lack advanced security features, and other weaknesses may exist.
On the other hand, sometimes your Web host is to blame for a hacking. Not all hosts utilize proper security features, and you might need to swap hosts. Switching over to more secure Web hosting services could protect your site from future hacking attempts.
Your website’s security is vital for protecting yourself and your users. Unfortunately, even the most protected websites are hacked with shocking frequency. However, a swap to secure Web hosting can certainly help prevent most attempts on your website. You must also respond to hacks with transparency and a renewed focus on security. Otherwise, irreversible damage could hit your site.