With WordPress being the most popular CMS platform on the web, the likelihood of your WordPress website becoming a target of malicious attacks is huge. Still, despite the fact that hacking of WordPress is a common occurrence, there are always ways to avoid it.
If you’ve unfortunately become a hacking victim by the time you’re reading this article, there’s no need to be discouraged. We will show you what you can do to prevent this dreadful event from happening, as well as how you can recover your WordPress website in case the hacking already took place.
As with everything in life, there are usually multiple solutions to every problem, and your website is no exception to this rule. In other words, not all hope is lost, so just take a deep breath and read on.
We’ve already established that the sheer popularity of WordPress platform makes it an attractive target for hackers. That being said, you should know that the popularity of your own website does not bring you more risk. In fact, more often than not, these attacks happen simply because there is an opportunity for the hackers to do so. They usually become aware of these opportunities through automated means.
Namely, most hackers use bots that check the web for any vulnerabilities, and if your website pops up on this list, it means there is an opening that allows them to hack it. Most common ways of breaking into a WordPress site are through a vulnerable web hosting platform, via an insecure theme or a plugin, or because of weak passwords – so better secure your website right on time.
As for the gains that the hackers get, there are plenty. Some of them include possibilities of obtaining bank account info, redirecting visitors from your website to other sites, contaminating your visitors’ computers with viruses and other malware in order to acquire information, and so on.
Just because there is a high risk of getting hacked, it does not mean that it should end up happening to you. Bellow we will list some of the suggestions that can help you keep your WordPress site hacker-free.
This should go without saying, but checking your theme and plugin source, especially if they’re free, can also go a long way in keeping your platform safe and more immune to hackers overall.
With all this being said, we do recommend installing a security plugin to give your website extra protection from malicious attempts – having more security is never a bad thing, after all.
Aside from making certain that your passwords are resilient enough to withstand hacker attacks, you should also change your passwords from time to time. In addition, you should refrain from leaving your username as admin. Of course, it goes without saying that you should password protect the admin directory as well, as this is one of most the commonly attacked areas.
So, you’ve applied all of the preventive measures above, but for some reason you got hacked anyway. Or even worse, the hacking had already occurred before you could take any precautionary actions to begin with. Whatever your case may be, here are some steps that you can take in order to minimize the damage.
Some additional things you can do are to check if your website is being redirected to another source, if there is a sudden appearance of any illegal links, as well as if Google has already marked your website as unsafe.
After you’ve done all these, create a backup first, then proceed with deleting any leftover malicious code. During this process, it’s important to note that you scan through your website so as to prevent it from breaking down due to the deletion of the code.
Congrats! Your website is now free of any malware and is up and running once again. You shouldn’t relax too much, however. Just because you’ve removed all the threats does not mean that your website is immune to any new intrusions. That’s why you should build a meticulous security plan for your website’s longevity. And no matter what, remember that maintaining your website’s safety is a never-ending battle.