7 Odd Signs that your Website has been Hacked
In this post, we will show you signs that your website has been hacked. According to WebARX, about 30,000 new websites were hacked daily in the year 2019. This indicates the increasing rates of website hacks that occur on the web. Website hacks is an unfortunate experience that we. When your website is hacked, it has been accessed or taken over by someone else (the hacker) who possibly has injected malware or code to steal your sites’ credentials. Without further ado, let’s show you signs that your website has been hacked. Signs Your Website Has Been Hacked Here are seven signs that show your website has been hacked: 1. Google Alert Websites are often linked to Google Search Console for better SERP rankings. Consequently, Google bots crawl the sites to discover new pages for indexing. If a website has been hacked, the bots won’t be able to crawl your web pages, and Google will send error notification alerts. In the notification alert, the primary cause of the crawl/index error will be stated. If it is a malware, a hack could be the cause. 2. Browser Warnings If you visit your website on a web browser (especially Google Chrome) and you get a warning message that your site has malware, there is a possibility that it has been hacked. Some browsers may refuse access to the website rather than letting you proceed. Furthermore, this is different from having an invalid SSL as the warning will be that of an insecure connection. 3. On-Site Errors Usually, when you load your site URLs, it should take you to the correct webpage. However, when you get various server errors, it may imply that your site has been hacked. Common errors relating to hacking are 4xx client and 5xx server errors. A 400 bad request might display if your site has malware while a 500 internal server error implies that your web server is hacked. 4. Invalid Login Your site can be hacked without the hacker injecting any code. Mostly, hackers can get hold of your login credentials and change the details. When you try to login to the admin dashboard and you get an invalid login, something is wrong. However, you can make a mistake, so endeavor to cross-check your login details. In fact, if your origin login credentials is invalid after several attempts, then your website has been hacked. 5. Redirection Most hackers carry out cross-scripting hacks. Such activity involves them redirecting your sites’ URL to some other website. Rather than seeing your web pages when you launch their URL, you are redirected to another site. This new site can be theirs, an advert site, or a parody site. With this, they can steal valuable information from your visitors to defraud them, which can further damage your site’s reputation. 6. Site is Offline Web hosting companies do have specific security policies and tools that check the security state of websites on their server. If a hack is suspected on a particular site, it is likely to be taken offline. This prevents hackers from injecting other websites hosted on the same servers. In such a case, you are likely to be notified by your web host. READ ALSO: 8 Best Cybersecurity Practices for Website Owners 7. Unusual Traffic When you start getting unusual traffic from odd websites, you should be wary as it may be a DDoS attack on your website. » Read More
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