Removing the effects of an attack on a page in the WordPress CMS
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Sometimes, websites are attacked by hackers or malware. When running a site
based on WordPress, we should know how to recognize a possible attack, remove
its effects and provide our service with better protection for the future.
How to recognize that the site
has been attacked?
Not always the attack is obvious at first glance, so you need to check
regularly that everything is fine with our site. We can often receive
information about hacking the website in a message from our hosting service. A
clue may also be a warning displayed by the browser when accessing the site,
indicating that the site is dangerous.
Google webmaster tools can provide us with a lot of valuable information.
The signal that something bad happens to the site will be its sudden
disappearance from the index or the indexing of large amounts of suspicious
subpages that are not related to the subject of the site.
That’s why it’s worth checking the email associated with the site, visiting
your website frequently and checking the webmaster tools. Regular monitoring of
the site will allow us to quickly identify possible problems and take
How to deal with the consequences
of hacking or infecting a page with malware?
If we notice any of the symptoms described above, we must act as soon as
possible. The first step should be to disable the site. This is the only way to
protect users from exposing themselves to unsafe software and your website from
losing trust in the eyes of visitors.
Then update all plugins you use. Their latest versions will have up-to-date
security features, which can protect the website from subsequent attacks. It is
also necessary to change the login and password in the administration panel.
It is very important to check if any new page files
appeared. If you find them, you must delete them as soon as possible. The next step
should be to identify possible problems and analyze the database and page for
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