Malware can be a nuisance, especially when it affects more than just your PC. We run down the best ways to prevent and fix malware on your WordPress site.
If you’re the proud owner of a WordPress blog, you generally assume that things will be easy and worry free. WordPress is typically regarded as being a secure site that’s beginner friendly. It’s a blogging platform that already comes geared up with plugins that make it easier than to handle your SEO. For people who have little experience in web development, WordPress seems to be the perfect little godsend. Until, of course, you get a notice from Google saying that malware or harmful code has been detected on your site.
Though it is rare, there are times when a WordPress site will end up getting this message from Google. The most common reasons for this message include: you may have downloaded an illegitimate version of WordPress, your site was hacked, or your webhosting may have been compromised. Finding out that you have malware may be a bummer, but the good news is that it’s generally a salvageable situation.
If your site’s security has been compromised, or if you’ve found malware codes injected into your WordPress site, the easiest way to take care of the problem is to consult with an IT professional. They often can diagnose the malware, remove it, and tell you how to cut down on the chances of it happening again. Many plugins exist to make backups of all your content as well. Of course, if it was a security breach on the hosting end, it’s often best to switch hosts.
It’s true when they say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure – especially when it comes to site security. A single malware injection can cause your SEO to be put into jeopardy, and multiple offenses of malware can even get you banned from search engines. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to update WordPress regularly, keep up to date with all the newest security practices, and avoid choosing WordPress passwords that are easily guessable. As always, use common sense when working to protect your blog. If a plugin seems dodgy or has been the source of malware previously, chances are that you should consult with a professional before you consider installing it on your site.
Though malware can and does show up on some blogs, the good news is that it is not a common occurrence on sites that are well-maintained and cared for. Though WordPress blogs are often attacked by hackers, the truth of the matter is that most attacks can be thwarted with a little preventative care. When it can’t be prevented, the help of a talented IT crew is all that it takes to get things back in order.