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LFC Hosting Proud To Introduce LFC File Integrity Monitor

February 26, 2018, Written by

For the last few years, we have been working on a File Integrity Monitor software that helps our clients out who have been hacked. Getting your site hacked can be one of the most expensive problems to face as a site owner. In most cases, sites using WordPress and Joomla would need to get a complete rebuild to ensure the hack is gone.

We do offer backups for clients with our shared hosting plans but hackers can sneak code into your site by exploiting software you may be running on your site. This code usually steals your search traffic from Google. It’s hard to detect and by the time it’s spotted, all backups in our control panel likely contain this hack.

The secret to cleaning and recovering from hacks is getting alerted immediately when the files are modified by hackers. Our idea is to track all your asp/php/aspx files and alert you to when they have been modified with known hacks. Imagine in real-time, getting an email just seconds after files have been altered in your account.

Today LFC Hosting is proud to announce LFC File Integrity Monitor to all our Shared Hosting and Website builder plans. LFC File Integrity Monitor tracks all asp/php/aspx files in your account which are most commonly used by hackers to execute code. We are looking to expand this out to all files in your account in the future. As of now, LFC File Integrity Monitor has indexed all your files and when changes happen the new files are scanned by our software to look for known hacks/signatures.

To further help clients, LFC File Integrity Monitor then tries to clean and remove the injected code from your infected file. If the file can’t be cleaned, it will be renamed to quarantine it from the hackers. This will prevent the hacker from using the new code to gain further access to your account. We quarantine the files by renaming the files to FILENAME.lfc-suspect-453345. The last few numbers are a random string of characters.

LFC File Integrity Monitor will then email the account owner a recap of the situation in real-time. The email will detail the location of the modified files and the steps taken to either clean or quarantine the file. With this email, developers can easily see which files are affected and likely pointing to the code or plugin causing the hack. The backup section in LFC Hosting control panel will then help the developer restore the modified files. Doing this quickly, the plugin or code exploited can be safely updated to protect it from further hacks.

Derek Blayone