6 Signs Your WordPress Site Is Compromised

53

Sluggish loading times? Redirects to other sites? These red flags need your attention now to protect your company’s information and reputation in the weeks ahead.

WordPress powers roughly 15 million websites worldwide — and that’s a conservative estimate. The platform is the most dominant content-management system (CMS) at work today, with 60 percent of the global CMS market. If you own a website, it likely runs on WordPress. 

Here’s the bad news: WordPress sites top hackers’ popularity list, too. Web-security firm Sucuri revealed that 78 percent of the 11,485 compromised websites it investigated during the first three months of 2016 were powered by WordPress.

Cyber criminals don’t care if your company returns a merely decent annual profit or runs a small site with only a few monthly visitors. Your size doesn’t magically insulate you from hacks. If you’re online, you can be hacked. These six red flags could help you discover if your WordPress site is compromised and take decisive steps to kick hackers out of your web space.

1. You can’t log in.

Your first clue? WordPress doesn’t recognize your email address/username or password. This is the rare occasion you hope for a typo. Try again, making sure you’ve spelled everything correctly and you haven’t engaged the caps lock. (It’s the equivalent of making sure the printer is plugged in, but it does happen.)

If you’re new to WordPress, you might wonder how a user can get locked out of his or her own account. Hackers are an enterprising bunch, however. If one is bent on accessing your database, she or he will go to extreme lengths to take control of your site.

Hackers usually steal login details by brute force. They use automated programs that run thousands of possible username/password combinations in a trial-and-error process. Then, once they’re in, they change your administrator privileges so you can’t make changes to correct the situation. Or they might delete your account outright.

2. Your site is unusually slow or unresponsive.

If your site is uncharacteristically slow, the lag could be caused by hackers trying to brute-force their way into your site or injecting malicious code. Another possibility: Your site is on the receiving end of a random denial-of-service attack. This tactic employs several hacked computers and servers with fake IPs to overwhelm your server with more requests than it can handle. 

Any one of these activities has the potential to make your website slow, unresponsive or even unavailable. If you’re managing several sites, consider using pingdom to measure the speed of each. This free, online tool allows you to test your website’s speed from different locations. Review your server logs periodically to learn whether a few IPs are sending far too many requests. Then, block them.

If you’re confident your site isn’t hacked, check for poorly coded plugins and external scripts or an improperly configured web-hosting server.

3. You can’t send or receive WordPress emails.

Hackers love to turn your websites against you. If they’re using one or more of your sites to send large volumes of spam, your WordPress email account will register significant delays. In addition to slugging up your site’s performance or rendering it unresponsive, this action will prevent you from sending or receiving WordPress emails.  

4. Your page displays another website’s content.

Imagine you’re attending a marketing event or conference, and you hit it off with a potential client. You decide to impress him or her further by showing off your stellar website. The site temporarily loads — and then redirects to an entirely different site. As you frantically contemplate the most logical way to recover, you should know one thing: Your site has been hacked. This scenario typically means someone has gained unauthorized access to your server and inserted improper code in your site’s root directory.

5. Google flags your site as insecure.

Google warns visitors against accessing sites it perceives as infected. This means clients and potential customers will be turned away from your pages and discouraged from transacting business with your company. Users will be cautioned that interacting with your website could infect their systems with malicious software that steals information or otherwise harms their computers and networks.

6. Your web host takes your site offline.

Most web hosts will notify you immediately via email when your site is removed from service. Assuming you haven’t let your subscription expire, this is a protective action. If left online, a hacked website can spread malware to other servers and continue the chain reaction.

53 COMMENTS

  1. We are a group of volunteers and starting a
    new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with
    valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

  2. I was just searching for this info for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that don’t rank this kind of informative sites in top of the list. Usually the top websites are full of garbage.

  3. What i do not understood is actually how you’re not really much more well-liked than you may be right now. You’re so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it抯 one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs nice. Always maintain it up!

  4. This design is wicked! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!|

  5. My partner and I stumbled over here different web page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page again.|

  6. Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Excellent. I’m also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  7. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read more things about it!|

  8. Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!|

  9. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  10. you are really a good webmaster. The web site loading speed is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a magnificent job on this topic!

  11. A person essentially lend a hand to make severely articles I’d state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this actual publish extraordinary. Fantastic activity!

  12. Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to mention that I’ve truly loved browsing your weblog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing on your feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!|

  13. Fantastic website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get advice from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!|

  14. Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!|

  15. I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one today.|

  16. This is very interesting, You are an excessively skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look ahead to searching for extra of your fantastic post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks|

  17. Somebody necessarily assist to make severely articles I might state. That is the first time I frequented your website page and up to now? I amazed with the analysis you made to create this particular submit extraordinary. Great process!|

  18. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own site now ;)|

  19. It is appropriate time to make some plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy. I’ve learn this post and if I may I want to suggest you few attention-grabbing issues or tips. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I desire to learn more issues approximately it!|

  20. Simply desire to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is just excellent and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.|

  21. I was suggested this website by way of my cousin. I’m not certain whether or not this publish is written by him as no one else recognize such special approximately my difficulty. You are amazing! Thank you!

  22. Hey There. I found your blog the usage of msn. This is a very neatly written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more of your useful information. Thank you for the post. I will certainly comeback.|

  23. Definitely imagine that that you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the web the easiest factor to consider of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as people think about worries that they plainly do not recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , other folks can take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thank you|

  24. Good day very cool site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also? I’m happy to seek out a lot of useful information right here in the post, we’d like work out more strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .|

  25. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very useful info specially the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.|

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here