5 Signs Your Wordpress Website Was Hacked

By Michelle Russell
21 Nov '17

Wordpress is one of the top free, open-source content management systems (CMS) available today. It is a favourite due to its ease of use, customizability, and level of security it provides for its users. However, this is not to say that Wordpress websites are not susceptible to harmful attacks. There are nearly 150,000 attacks executed on Wordpress hosted websites every minute. Be on top of your Wordpress security by having a reliable and robust theme as well as popular plug-ins that all add to your overall safety. A great way of maintaining your Wordpress security is by having a professional check and monitor your website every month for any security problems.

If you are suspecting that your Wordpress site was hacked, here are five of the most significant indicators to look for before taking the appropriate steps to reclaim your website from hackers:

You are unable to log in to Wordpress

Be first to make sure that you are typing your login credentials and password correctly. If your credentials are correct, and you still cannot log in to your Wordpress account, there is a possible chance that hackers may have deleted your admin account from Wordpress.

Your website is unusually slow and unresponsive

If your site is prolonged and unresponsive, it may be a sign your website is on the receiving end of a random denial-of-service attack. This issue involves hackers using multiple servers and computers with false IPs to overwhelm your server with fake requests that your server can not properly handle. These requests bring the potential to make your Wordpress site slow or unresponsive. However, be sure to differentiate between a slow website and an infected one. If your Wordpress site’s loading speed is slow, be sure to check out our blog post on How To Improve Your Website’s Loading Speed.

You cannot read or receive Wordpress emails

Hacked servers and websites are most commonly used to send emails for spam purposes. When used in this way, massive delays created for your subsequent Wordpress email account overwhelm your Wordpress email account, thus making it unresponsive overall.

Google marks your Wordpress site as unsafe

Google’s safe browsing tool monitors and warns visitors against visiting any web pages deemed as ‘infected.’ To help users avoid infecting their systems with malicious software, a warning page appears and stops visitors from proceeding further.

A sudden and extreme drop in web traffic

If your Google Analytics reports point to a sudden and drastic reduction in web traffic overall, there may be a possibility someone hijacked your Wordpress. Plenty of malware and trojans used by hackers can redirect all of your website’s traffic to other spam-based websites. Secondly, if your website has been marked as ‘unsafe’ by Google’s safe browsing tool, visitors will avoid accessing your site entirely due to the threat of security that it poses.     

 


 

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