Logging into your website and finding alterations in its contents and coding, is a sure sign that it has been hacked. This is likely to happen if you host your website on a shared server. Are you aware of the legal consequences if the hacker uses your server to host and share illegal stuff or employs it for launching distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks? Since hackers typically attack .htaccess, .php, and media files, check those files for alterations and fix them as soon as possible. To prevent such occurrences from taking place in the future, it’s best to find a company that offers secure web hosting and upload the contents of your website on their server. Ensure that you use a strong password containing a mixture of upper and lower case characters, numbers, and special characters.
Check your site with Google
Scan your website with Google’s safe browsing checker. This will provide you with detailed information, including any suspicious activity related with your site that the search engine’s spider detected when it last crawled your website. This will help you determine if hackers had used your website to distribute malware. You should also use the services of Sucuri SiteCheck to scan your website and determine if it contains malware, viruses, and backdoor shell, left by hackers to gain access to your website- even after you have changed its password. Hackers typically exploit sites containing outdated scripts and security plugins. The sysadmins of companies that offer secure web hosting update these security features regularly.
Pay a bit more for peace of mind
You will to pay a little more for a secure web hosting plan with C1 Web Hosting, but you get many additional security features with it, such as:
- Regular backups of your site
- Encrypted SSL protocol (this encrypts data and ensures that hackers will not be able to decipher it, even if they intercept the same while it is being uploaded)
- IP blocking feature to prevent DDOS attacks on your website.