As a blogger I’ve been hacked many times. It’s a pretty scary thing.
Just like a home robbery you feel invaded — and I become very protective of my sites.
Now in years gone by I’ve not even known my sites have been hacked. It can be a tiny hack that doesn’t alert me in any way — and that could happen for days and weeks. And the more you do nothing about it the more they can infect every single domain on your hosting! In fact, I’ve had two hosts attacked at the same time — and it cost me thousands to fix them. Not only did I get hacked once, I got hacked about four times, after removing the initial hacks. It was a nightmare and a very expensive lesson, I can tell you.
But this week I got alerted immediately and so as a result I was able to take action immediately.
After that big hack I was telling you about I decided that if I was serious about being a blogger that I needed some kind of monitoring in place.
I did a lot of research and I decided on sucuri. I can vouch for the effectiveness of this monitoring program. It works for blogs, cms, and html websites.
Here’s how it works.
Step 1 – You add your sites to the dashboard. They can be WP, HTML, or CMS, no problem.
Step 2 – you won’t hear anything from them UNTIL their web integrity monitor detects unauthorized changes to your websites, your dns, whois and ssl certificates.
Step 3 – you will receive an alert via email or twitter about the invasion and what the files are called.
Step 4 – submit a malware removal request and provide sucuri with your ftp information.
Step 5 – you’ll receive an email stating all malware has been removed.
I’ve been using them extensively for over a year now and it’s one of my priority business expenses.
There are a number of plans and pricings available which you can find out about here.
Alternatively, if you want to run it on just one website i have arranged for you to receive a $10 discount by clicking here.
If you are wanting to run it on unlimited websites like I did email them after joining and let them know that you signed up with Colleen Slater and they’ll be sure to look after you very well.
Let’s look at for a moment how sites get hacked.
Firstly, with wordpress, it can be because you’re not up to date with the latest install of wordpress or your plugins aren’t up to date. Having easy to figure out passwords too is also an easy way for them to get access — as well as having easy ftp passwords.
These people are smart and they mean business — and that usually means attempting to destroy your business.
I was really excited to see something released today that helps with this.
It’s a mass updater especially for wordpress.
Click on play to watch the video below:
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Click here to find out more about this wp updater plugin