ITC Security Threat of the Week – Week 19: Website Hacks: A defence and rehabilitation guide

With so many websites falling prey to hackers it has never been more important to protect yourself. As techniques become more sophisticated, even high profile servers are becoming vulnerable to these types of attacks which is bad news for smaller websites. There are ways in which you can safeguard your site as much as possible or if the worse has already happened, find out your options post-hacking.

Firstly, the basis of a sites security management is the strength of its passwords. Hackers can use specialised software to try and guess combinations of passwords so don’t make it even easier for them. Choose a phrase or combination of phrases that is obscure but easy for you remember and make sure to add numbers, symbols and capital letters. Looking after your hardware is also important as viruses and worms tend to be the most common method for your system to become compromised. This can be done by using a reliable antivirus program and conducting regular malware sweeps of your computer. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities within software and it is for this reasons that one of the easiest ways to remain safe is to simply update your programs on a regular basis.

If your site has become hacked and you don’t know what to do, there are ways to remedy the situation. Firstly, reset all of your passwords and if applicable secret keys as this will bar any intruders from your system. It may be a good idea to contact your service provider to ascertain whether it is definitely a hacking situation or possibly a loss of service. If you are using WordPress, you can restore your site from a clean, secure backup but this is only if you backed up before the hacking took place. If all else fails, the only remaining option would be to scrap your website and start from scratch but this time with a sufficient security infrastructure in place.

ITC Secure Networking can provide security consultancy and services for anyone worried about their website and potential hacking. If you would like to know more, please get in contact via phone: 020 7517 3900 or email: [email protected]