We hope you (or us) never have to say the words, but if you are saying “Help!” then we are here. Check out these 5 tips to a safer end of the day, free of hacks and malware.
“I’ve been hacked!” That’s definitely a phrase you don’t want to be saying ever in your lifetime. Unfortunately, more and more people are saying it, not just every year, but every day. Yesterday we talked about what to do if your social media account is hacked. Today it’s what to do if your computer or website has been hacked.
According to Forbes, more than 30,000 websites are hacked every day, and just as many systems. Billions of dollars are lost every year due to cyber crime, and its adding up to almost a trillion. Hacking rates are going up 30% a year according to Google. Hopefully you don’t become part of the statistic.
What if you are? What if you have been hacked? What do you need to do to get your site or data back? Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting back on your feet.
In Through the Nose, Out Through the Mouth
Get calm, stay calm. It won’t do any good to freak out, or give up, or punch through your monitor screen, however macho you may seem to your co workers for doing so. Just know that things will most likely work out, so don’t go polish your resumé just yet.
Do Your Research
Now that you’re feeling ready to fix it, here is the first step to figuring out how. Look at your site, or your files, and look for clues. Different malware, ransomware, and viruses have unique and signature looks, and finding out what exactly has attacked or infected you is the first thing you need to do.
Prep Your Backup
Hopefully you already have a backup system in place. This is great, because now you don’t need to worry about a messy cleanse of infected files. You can just restore a previous version and not worry about it. Hopefully you caught the hack sooner than later, and don’t have to reach too far back to find a clean backup. However, you should be careful that when restoring, you don’t get infected again by the same malware or virus, because it could be lurking on your network somewhere.
Get Professional Help
If you don’t have a backup, or aren’t sure you are free of the hack, don’t worry. There are people out there who do this for a living, AKA cyber security companies. Unfortunately, most cyber security companies are mainly focused on prevention, not remediation. However, there are a few out there that can really help. If you have a known ransomware, and don’t want to pay the ransom, NoMoreRansom.org can help. They have a large repository of decryption keys and are there to help.
If it’s not a known ransomware, and you’re not confident in your backup (or -gasp- you don’t have one), there are other options. In fact, Fibernet’s main and signature product is the perfect fit for anyone who needs professional, qualified personnel who can decrypt, dehack, or repair any system. Overwatch Managed Cyber Security Services were created to not just maintain and prevent cyber crime against systems, but also to proactively fight against it, and repair, dehack, and whatever other action needs to be taken. To learn more about Overwatch, and what exactly it can do for you, check out the product page here!
If you’re confident that you have a malware-free backup, go ahead and restore. If you’ve placed your trust in the hands of Dedicated Experts™ who are ready to fix your issues, even better. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the peace of mind knowing you are or will be hack-free very soon.