If you are running a website with popular WordPress CMS and is being hacked; you are in trouble. WordPress is a popular CMS platform and thus owing to its popularity it is prone to more attacks.
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How do WordPress Websites Gets Hacked?
Who is attacking your WordPress Website?
Single Bot – An automated computer system that can attack one or few websites at the same time.
A Person – A person may be responsible for attacking WordPress website. Operates a computer manually. Slow in Action.
BotNet– A group of multiple computers. Responsible for attacking multiple websites at the same time. Originate from Multiple IPs. Rapid in Action.
Why does WordPress Website gets attacked (What hackers want)?
- To obtain user information – personal or financial.
- To send out spam emails.
- To download malicious software onto your end user’s computer.
- To place links on your website for SEO
- To install malicious software for use on your site.
- Some psycho just for FUN.
How to check if your WordPress website is hacked?
- If any spam is appearing in your website header or footer that contains adverts.
- Search site:example.com (replace example.com with your site) in Google & see if any malicious pages are listed or the pages or content that you don’t recognize.
- Your website is being redirected to a malicious or spammy website.
- You receive a report from your hosting provider that your website is doing something malicious or spammy.
How to Prevent WordPress Website from being hacked?
- Keep your WordPress core engine, plugins and themes updated.
- You must uninstall and delete unused plugins or themes.
- Use strong passwords for admin dashboard.
- Change your username to anything but ‘admin’.
- Choose a trusted WordPress hosting provider ONLY.
- Download plugins and themes from trusted, reputable sources like WordPress.org.
- Use reputed security plugins to enhance security.
- Consider Two-Step Authentication.
- Ensure Your computer is free of viruses/malware.