Has my WordPress site been hacked? If you’re asking this question, then there a chance your WordPress website is not functioning as it should. There are several telltale signs that may help you find out whether your site has been compromised. Here are the top 10.
- Sudden Traffic Drop
Check out your analytics to see whether there has been a sudden decline in traffic. This could be an indication that your blog has been hacked. One reason for the drop in web traffic is trojans and malware that hijack your website and redirect traffic to spammy websites. They usually do not redirect users that have logged in making it hard for you to notice the hack. Alternatively, Google may be showing warning signs to users who want to visit your site. Check your website using the Google safe browsing tool to confirm whether you’ve been hacked.
- Addition of Bad Links
Data injection is one of the most common signs of a hacked WordPress site. Hackers normally create a backdoor on your site that they exploit to modify your database and files. Normally, they will add links to spammy websites These links normally appear in the footer and other areas of your WordPress site. Deleting the links doesn’t solve the problem. You need to find the backdoor and fix it.
- Defaced Homepage
This is the most obvious sign. A hacker who wants to announce that they’ve compromised your website will replace your homepage with their own message. This kind of hacker might try to extort money from you.
- Inability to Login
If you’re not able to login to your WordPress site, you might be a victim of hacking. Some hackers delete admin account from WordPress after gaining access to the backend. You’ll not be able to reset your password since the account has been permanently deleted.
- Unknown Scripts and Files
Use a site scanner like Sucuri to help detect unknown scripts and files on your server. Connect to your site via an FTP client and locate the ‘wp-content’ folder. This is where you’re likely to find malicious scripts and files. Note that removing these files won’t help much if you do not sort out your WordPress website vulnerabilities.
- Slow and Unresponsive Website
Denial of service attacks are quite common and can happen to your website. Hackers use several servers and computers spread across the globe to send requests to your server. This can negatively affect the speed of your WordPress website. Check your server logs to identify IPs that are making too many requests and then block them.
- Inability to Send and Receive Emails
If you’re not able to send and receive WordPress emails, then there’s a chance your blog has been hacked. Your email is probably being used for spam. If you’re on a managed hosting plan, get in touch with customer care to help resolve the issue.
- Hijacked Search Results
Do the search results from your website show the wrong meta description or title? Then there is a chance your blog has been compromised. Hackers usually inject malicious code into your blog that changes the way search engines view your website. Note that you won’t notice any issues when you access your blog directly.