Yet Another WordPress Security Post – Part Two

We deal with hacked sites on a daily basis and one of the most common questions we get is how to avoid getting hacked again. The simple answer to this question is to to minimize your risk online as best as possible.

To help you better approach risk mitigation, and to celebrate the public launch of our WordPress security plugin, we’ve put together part two of our Yet Another WordPress Security Post series.

WordPress Security Tips

Without further adieu, here are some great tips to assist you in securing your WordPress driven website:

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Cleaning up an infected website – Part I: WordPress and the Pharma Hack

We get to deal with infected web sites on a daily basis and the most common question we get is how do we clean websites. What steps do we take? What should you do if you want to clean up your site if it gets infected?

This is part one of a small series of posts showing how to clean up sites. We will start with how to clean up “Pharma Hack” on a WordPress driven site due to the popularity. You can follow the series here:

*Note that this post covers website clean up only (Mostly applicable to shared servers). If you have a dedicated server (or VPS), there are additional steps to secure it, not covered here.
**If the items contained in this post are more than you want to take on, we are here to help. Visit Sucuri or email us at


1- Detecting (discovering) that you are hacked

This is the most important step. Most people don’t realize they’ve been exploited, here are a couple things you can do to check your site:

Fire up Google and do a search for “”. Check to see if there are any strange titles or spammy results returned on your search. If you see Viagra, Cialis or any other flavor of medicine returned by Google on your search, you’re probably dealing with the Pharma Hack.

If you’re not sure after checking Google, use to run a scan. Type your domain name, and if it returns the Pharma Hack (or any other malware) you will see an alert:

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