Having your WordPress site hacked is not a pleasant event and can devastate your online business.
Fixing your blog and bringing it back online can cost you a lot of money and while simultaneously losing traffic and sales.
And the worst part about it, there are ways hackers can gain access to your blog without you even knowing.
In this article, I want to show you 11 signs your WordPress site has been hacked.
These 11 signs are signs you should look out for, so if you see anything suspicious, you can remedy the situation immediately.
You Can’t Log In
One of the most ominous signs that your WordPress blog has been hacked is if you cannot log in.
A hacker has gotten access to your login credentials and has either changed your password or deleted your account entirely.
It’s not the end of the world though.
You can gain access to your site by going into your MyPHP admin and either create a new account or change your password. Here’s a video that shows you how to do it.
Your Blog Redirects to Another Site
If your blog is being redirected to other sites, that is a clear indication that an attacker placed a malicious script in your files to redirect your site visitors to another website where they will make money from the visitors that reach it somehow.
Your Blog Loads Slowly
Another sign your blog has been hacked is if it starts to load slowly all of a sudden.
An attacker has more than likely injected malware on your site, and it is running bloated and malicious code that is hogging all of the server resources to keep your site running at optimal speed. Or another reason your site is slow is that an attacker launched a DDoS(Distributed Denial of Service) attack by sending hundreds of requests to a website with the aim of slowing it down or taking it completely offline.
Your Browser Alerts You
If you are using Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge as your browser, it will show you an alert if your site has been hacked.
This example alert is from Google Chrome’s browser. This is what you’ll see if your site has been hacked.
Suspicious User Accounts
If you see new user accounts that you don’t recognize within your WordPress dashboard, then that is a clear sign your site has been hacked.
More than likely this attacker has created an Administrator account so they can have privileges to do what they want with your blog.
Your Hosting Company Takes Your Blog Offline
If your site is affected by malware or got hacked in any sort of way that’s interfering with the integrity of your host’s web server, your host will take your blog offline until you get your site fixed.
Hosting providers have all the rights in the world to remove your site if they deem it dangerous.
Your host will usually notify you through email, text message or a phone call to let you know what’s going on and what you can do to get your site back online.
It’s up to you to rectify the situation so you can get back up and running.
A Visitor Contacts You About Your Site
Another way people find out that their WordPress site has been hacked is if a visitor contacts them about their hacked site.
Your visitor will find a way to reach out to you whether it be through social media, email, or a contact form on your site, and let you know what has happened.
If your homepage has totally different images on it or content you don’t recognize, then that is a sure sign that you’ve been hacked.
Hackers usually don’t do something this obvious, thoguh. When they hack your site, they are usually after credit card information or customer details.
More than likely, the hackers have a personal “beef” with you, if they are going through the extra work to deface your homepage.
Suspicious Activity in the Server Logs
If you are unfamiliar with server logs, it’s basically text files that are stored on your web server that records all of the traffic coming to your site.
When there is a spike in unusual activity coming to your site, your web host will blog the IP addresses in question, to prevent your site from getting hacked, if it hasn’t already.
Spammy Pop Up Ads Appear on Your Site
If spammy pop-ups appear on your site and they are sending your visitors to malicious websites, then unfortunately your site has been hacked.
Hackers have gained access to your site through a backdoor and injected malicious code for their own personal gain.
Your Emails are Being Marked as SPAM
One common sign that your site has been hacked is if the emails you are sending out to your subscriber list is being sent to the spam folder.
Email servers will block your domain and send your messages to the spam folder since it does not want to infect unsuspecting users with viruses, malware, etc.
That’s it for this article. These are 11 signs you should definitely look out for to determine if your WordPress site has been hacked. If you have not experienced any of these issues so far then continue to monitor and harden your site so you can defend against these attacks. You can learn 10 Stupid-Simple Ways to Protect Your WordPress Site from Hackers by reading through the article and taking action on the tips I’ve shared.
That’s all for now and I’ll see you next time!