Did your WordPress blog get hacked? These WordPress blogging tips and tools will help you repair your hacked blog and safeguard it from getting hacked again.
Almost everyone with an e-mail ID or even a computer with the internet has been hacked into at some point or the other. It is not a good feeling, I know.
It’s even worse when your blog or website gets hacked into and someone messes things up. However, there are ways that you can repair your blogs or websites and safeguard them against hackers.
Hackers usually target big companies and homes that use the internet and computer daily. Here, are some steps you can take to repair your hacked blog or website.
1. Don’t download random software
First, if you notice that your blog has been hacked, avoid downloading a bunch of software that you think will help. That is our first reaction, but it is wrong. Panicking is not going to solve anything. Just relax and follow these steps.
2. Remove access to the blog asap
Second, remove access to the blog as soon as possible. The best way is to assign another name to the index.php file. All scheduled posts to your blog should be stopped immediately.
You should send a message to your subscribers saying that you are offline and the blog is under repair. Hackers do everything online and thus, with an open line available, it will make their work easier.
3. Take a backup
Third, remove all your themes and take a backup of your blog or ask your web host for the backup files. Do not only keep a backup for your files, a backup for your blog is very important when a situation arises that you cannot control. Themes are also an easy way for hackers to get into your system and create a mess for you to clean up.
4. Remove all plugins
Fourth, all plugins should be completely removed. Plugins are the simplest way of hacking into a blog by inserting codes into the system.
5. Check the database
Fifth, check the database. It is very important to take a look at the database and to see if you can find any security holes or gaps where hackers can find a way in. It is very important to see that all possible ways to enter the blog or website are closed off.
6. Reinstall your plugins and themes
The reinstallation of plugins and themes is the last and final step to the recovery of your hacked blog. After these steps are complete, run the blog and check if it is working as before. Hopefully, it is and now without any threats.
If you want to prevent getting hacked in the first place, install the Jetpack plugin and purchase one of their Pro plans. Jetpack prevents unwanted intrusions with effective brute force attack protection, malware scanning, and spam filtering.
It also keeps your site totally backed up in real-time with no storage limits and one-click restores. You can easily rewind your site to a previous state if you make a mistake. You can also improve your site speed and take control of your SEO with Jetpack’s site accelerator.
If you cannot do all this yourself, hire a programmer to do it for you from Plugmatter WordPress Support Services. They will supercharge your WordPress site with their proactive maintenance and prompt reactive support services. You’ll get Real people who genuinely care and professionals who are there for you when you need help with your WordPress site.
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Priya Florence Shah is a bestselling author, an award-winning online publisher, and an online branding consultant. She is also the author of Devi2Diva, a book on emotional self-care for women. In her spare time, she writes science-fiction novels and poetry and chills with her two-legged and four-legged kids.