Has Your WordPress Website Been Hacked?
One way that you might suspect that your site has been hacked is that you get an email from someone. Or when you visit your site, instead of seeing your normal homepage, you see something else. For example, you’re greeted with one of those nasty little notices from your browser or from Google search itself.
Prevent brute force attacks
Hackers will try to break into your site is by repeatedly trying different usernames and passwords until they find one that works. This is called brute force attack. Typically, this is done by bad bots that will continually try different username and password combinations until they have broken in or put such a strain on your server that it simply crashes. Remember that under normal conditions, an authorized person will usually only retry logins a few times before giving up and contacting you for help. So any more than four or five login attempts usually means something is fishy.
Online tools to check if you were hacked
There are a couple of online tools you could use, some online tools. One of them is called Security. And all you have to do is input the URL to your site. There’s a lot of information on this site. Another is isithacked.com. You just give it your URL and it gives you a little more of an explanation. And then our friends over at Google. With Google’s Search Console – just do a Google search for Google Search Console. And of course, this will only work if you have your site connected to the Webmaster Tools or Search Console of Google. And lastly, another tool from Google is Google.com/transparencyreport.
Cleaning up your site after you’ve been hacked
There is no one-fix-fits-all when it comes to cleaning up a compromised site, and that’s why it is important to minimise the risk of getting hacked in the first place. Now if you do not have access to the admin area, then hopefully, you’ve got a recent backup so that you can log into your cPanel and remove the site completely. That’s the files and the database. Then restore from your most recent backup. You should also contact your host and tell them what’s up just in case the hack came in through the host server. This is very important, especially if you’re on a shared hosting service. Now they can do their own cleaning and tidying up security on their end too and possibly give you some additional suggestions and pointers.
To get some more tips and tricks for preventing and cleaning up after hacks, sign up for our WordPress Training Course!