WordPress sites are also a favorite target for hackers. If your WordPress site has been hacked, it can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience One sign is a sudden decline in traffic, possibly due to a Google safe browsing warning. Another is that links have been added to your site, especially in the footer. Some hackers will even deface the homepage and add their own message. If hackers delete your admin account, you won't be able to log in. If you fear you've been compromised, check for suspicious-looking user accounts, scheduled tasks, or server activity. You can also look for unknown scripts or files on your server. Other signs of hacking include unwanted popups and visitors being redirected away from your site. To protect your website, using strong passwords with 2-step verification is a good first step.
- A sudden drop in site traffic could be caused by malware or safe browsing warnings from Google.
- Visit your own website and look for popups, bad links, and random redirects.
- Check server logs, user registrations, and scheduled tasks for anything suspicious.
“Today, we’ll share some of the most common signs that your WordPress site is hacked and what you can do to clean it up.”