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Tips for Detecting a Hack

Even if you think you’re doing everything right, there’s always a chance your site will be hacked. If it happens, it is important to find out quickly. An attacker with control of your site can do a lot of damage to your site visitors, your SEO rankings and your reputation. If your website is critical to your business it can also directly impact revenue.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your odds of detecting a hack quickly:

  1. Visit your site often. It seems obvious, but as the site owner you are much more likely than someone else to spot something that doesn’t look right.
  2. Search for your website regularly. Some hacked sites look perfectly normal to a regular user while serving up spam and other malicious content to search engines. By searching for your site you should be able to catch SEO spam even if an attacker is trying to hide it from you. Also, click the links in your search results to make sure the search engine link directs where it should, and not a bad online neighborhood.
  3. Set up email alerts in Google Search Console. Google is constantly crawling your site and will alert you if problems are detected, including the presence of malware.
  4. Use a security scanner and set up email alerts. The Wordfence scanner checks WordPress core files, themes and plugins for malware, bad URLs, backdoors, SEO spam, malicious redirects and code injections. It also compares the files on your site with those in the WordPress.org repository, checking their integrity and reporting any changes to you. The Premium version can be scheduled to scan more often and at optimum times, leverages real-time malware signature updates and performs blacklist checks.
  5. Your site visitors are often the first to identify an issue with your website. Make sure that it is easy for them to contact you and that you investigate their reports immediately.
  6. Watch for unexplained spikes in traffic. If an attacker is using your site to host malicious content, they are likely going to drive traffic to it. An unexplained increase in site traffic may indicate a hacked site.

We hope you never get hacked, but if you do we hope these tips will help you detect and deal with it quickly. As a Wordfence Premium customer, you also have a security team behind you. If you need help interpreting results of any scan or alert, even from a source other than Wordfence, reach out via premium support. Our customer service engineers are your security team.


Article by Mark Maunder – Wordfence Founder & CEO

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eCommerce Starter Store

June Special

  • 20 Products (You can add products yourself no limit)
  • Mobile Responsive webdesign for Multi-Device Shopping
  • Stock Control and Sold Out options
  • Flat rate Shipping calculation in shopping cart
  • We upload and add your Products & Content that you supply
  • Payment Gateway Integrated EFT (PayFast option available)
  • 12 Months Hosting Included
  • 12 Months Domain Registration Included
  • SSL certificate integration Included
  • Social media link integration Included
  • On Page SEO
  • 2 GigWeb Space Upgradable
  • Bandwidth Unlimited
  • 4 Email Accounts Upgradable
  • Training to manage your own shopping cart
  • Full support, update your own shop and edit your website

R2850.00

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Dropstore drop shipping

Find products for your eCommerce store from South African suppliers

Dropstore lets you find products, add them to your Online store, and ship them directly to your customers easily. No inventory, no risk. Sell from best drop shipping wholesale suppliers all over South Africa.

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Moving Your Business Online

If recent events have taught us anything, it’s how quickly the world can change. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought major disruptions to people and businesses across the globe. If you’re concerned about these unpredictable times crippling your company, you’re not alone.

To prevent unforeseen circumstances and market changes – initiated by a pandemic or otherwise – from devastating your bottom line, you might look into moving your business online. Fortunately, with the right strategy in place, the digitization of your company is possible.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of running a remote operation. Then we’ll provide you with five tips for effectively moving your business online. Let’s jump in!

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Starting your eCommerce Store

Things we will need to get your eCommerce website started company profile or all the information that you would like to have on your eCommerce website, this include the following:

  • Written Content: This would be anything like the services you provide, products and product information you sell, company information, etc. Usually a company profile in Microsoft word format.
  • Images/Photographs: Your logo, images and photos (Please inquire if you do not have this available)
  • Contact Information: Telephone, Physical Address, Email Address, etc.