Imagine one day as you login to your blog everything seems bizarre. You cannot log in; you might consider this as an online traffic or a network issue. Bit does not take this lightly. This could be a serious issue. Well being a professional Blogger and web developer in Kolkata and faced this problem of my clients. Read here how i solved this issue.
1. You cannot identify your site
As a blogger you follow a particular pattern. At particular time of a day you would sit on your desktop to spend time on your blog. You might want to put up new posts or see comments reply to your visitors. But what, if you could not log in? What if you are not able to recognize your own site?
If you come across sudden exposure to new logos, new content new images, you feel lost in that unknown world. All of these draw a single conclusion. And guess what your sight is hacked, yes you heard it right. You have been hacked. All your content has been replaced with something you could not ever think of.
Malicious codes into your system and everything changed. All of this could have a drastic impact.
A. Unwanted content
B. Ste code visible to third parties
C. Encountering malicious activities
You would never wish a reader to visit such a site.
2. UNABLE TO LOGIN
It might seem everything ok but then if you are about to open up your site and then a new pops up & wrong password". Suddenly you rethink of it once twice or even thrice and retype it to
assure the credibility but that again says unable to log in. You might be tensed but yes you have been hacked Hackers after gaining access to your site changes the password or delete admin account so that you are not able to redirect. You might try different possible combinations but not of good use.
They tend to mess-up words so that the admin fails to gain access.
If any how you are able to log in then all their efforts go in vain.
3. DROP IN VISITORS
You might not have the need to visit your website regularly or daily. Editorial team does the work. But it may so happen that you notice a drop in the number of visitors This could be due to unwanted content or people lacking interest in seasonal content. But another possibility could be malware attack. These aim at hacking your website and introducing spam. They try to redirect your visitors to the website of hackers. All those are malicious content and could have a bad impression about you because to the visitors it might seem that the content is from your end. So beware about these and recognize early.
Another act that needs to drive attentions is sending spasm. Whenever people log in to your account they are asked to submit emails. Now this could be used by the hackers to send your
visitors spams and mail with malicious content. Opening which could direct them to sites not suitable for all.
Hackers use this as an act to drive visitors to their links. Spending spam links asks the user to fill in their information and in a way leak their personal data. This is phishing.
5. New accounts created
Sometimes you might notice creation of new accounts suddenly. This could be something wrong. Hackers can create account without even hacking but the entire say is given only after
it. Try to update your code and set up permission for account creation. So that from next time whenever a user needs to create account you are the one to grant permission and if by any
chance you notice an account created without your knowledge be determined that it was a malicious act and your site has been hacked.
If you had been regular with backups and restoring data then half of your work is done. All you need to do is contact your host and ask them to delete the entire website. This would cause removal of entire content along with malicious code. Once this is dome you could now reinstall word press and restore your backups. After doing this make sure you have a check though plug-in and themes. In case you notice unusual content delete them then and there. Also have a look at new accounts created recently. Hackers might still regain access. So delete all. Now steps to take before being hacked
A. Change the default admin and set up a strong password. Hackers could use the default admin as they are easy to detect.
B. Have a strong plug-in. Use a well reputed plugin.
C. Never use pirated themes. This allows third parties to leak your information.
D. Always keep themes and plug-in up to date.
E. Regularly backup your code.
Follow all of these to prevent form being hacked.