Getting hacked is among the most discouraging experiences you’ll deal with as a website owner. No matter how secure your site is, there is always a chance that your site may get hacked. According to Forbes, about 30,000 websites are hacked every day, and who knows if/when hackers will target your site next. Many new WordPress users don’t care about their website’s security, so eventually, it ends up as a hacked website.

Now think: your site is getting popular, you work very hard for it, and somehow it gets hacked. How frustrating it is! You almost lose everything on your site; no way hackers will give your site back to you.

Luckily, it’s possible to find out precisely how your site was hacked with some easy sleuthing in your site’s logs. When you have determined how the hacker has infiltrated your site, you can spot the security hole to avoid the breach occurring again.

How to Know If Your Site Got Hacked

No matter which popular Control Management System (CMS) you are using – WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. – anything can get hacked. If you think you have been hacked, the first thing you have to do is make sure you got hacked. Many times, WordPress users panic that their site has been hacked because their site is not responding or getting spam comments. They even pay WordPress specialists thinking that they need help recovering their site. They can’t figure it out if it is their website’s technical problem or if it has been really hacked.

But it is not hard to find out if the site has been hacked. There are some common signs of a hacked site. These include the following:

  •    Unnecessary pop-ups appearing that you didn’t add
  •    Your site is automatically getting redirected to other (Read more...)