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.
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