Unfortunately my blog was hacked last year and honestly, it was such a worrying time and an absolute nightmare to sort out. Whenever I thought it was resolved, something else would happen, and this went on for a couple of months! It felt never ending.
If you’re reading this I assume you are currently going through the same thing, so I wanted to share my top tips on how to deal with the situation. I think that the main reason it took so long to resolve for me was that I had no idea what to do or who could help me. I am the least technical person in the whole world, seriously. So this is a very simple and non technical guide, which is exactly what I needed when it happened to me.
Firstly, don’t panic
Easier said than done I know but honestly, just take a step back and try to stay calm. I know it doesn’t seem like it when you first realise that you’ve been hacked, but it will get sorted out eventually, trust me.
Carry out a scan
Hopefully you will have some sort of security installed on your blog. I have Wordfence which I would highly recommend and with this I was able to see that there was indeed malicious files infecting my blog. Understanding what the problem is is the first hurdle.
Contact your host
In most situations your host will be able to fix the problem for you, or at least give you a better idea about what the problem actually is, which may then enable you to fix it yourself.
Hire a professional
If your host is unable to help you to completely resolve the issue, and you can’t do it yourself then definitely consider hiring a professional to properly clean your site. It will probably be cheaper than you think too. I was expecting hiring someone to be crazy expensive but the lady that sorted me out charged just £20 per hour, which I think is very reasonable.
Make sure it doesn’t happen again
Finally, once you have resolved the problem, you need to make every effort to stop your blog from being infected again. Change your passwords regularly, keep your plugins updated and carry out regular scans.
Has your blog ever been hacked? How did you deal with it?
Thanks for reading.