So You’ve Been Hacked! How to Clean Up a Hacked WordPress Site

So You’ve Been Hacked! How to Clean Up a Hacked WordPress Site

You visit your WordPress site and, wait a minute…it looks different. There were some changes made that you didn’t create yourself. So, you go to log in to take a peek around and fix the issues. However, it’s not letting you log in. Uh-oh. It looks like your WordPress site was (gulp!) hacked.

As concerning as that is, take a deep breath, relax, and know that there’s a path to get your website back into your control from hackers. And we’ll break it all down for you in this article.

Along the way, you’ll see how to resolve many hacking issues for free with the help of our WordPress security plugin, Defender.

I’ll be going over:

Plus, there’ll be some resources to prevent this from happening in the first place.

After reading this article, you’ll be able to be prepared for any hackers, know how to handle an attack, get your site under your control in no time — and breathe a sigh of relief.

Reasons Your WordPress Site was Hacked

All websites are susceptible to hacking, not just WordPress sites.

WordPress, in fact, is quite a secure platform. So, just because you’re using WordPress isn’t the only reason you might become a victim.

The thing is, WordPress is so popular that WordPress sites are frequently the target of hackers. There are just many WordPress sites worldwide, making the odds go up.

With that in mind, why do sites get hacked?

Hackers have their reasons. It could be because they want to use your WordPress site to attack other sites. Or, possibly the hacker has malicious intentions, like stealing personal data.

There’s a multitude of objectives why sites get hacked. Sometimes, it’s just a fun activity for a hacker to do on a Sunday afternoon while sipping on a mocha.

And it’s done in many ways, too.

It might just boil down to someone having your WordPress admin username and password. Or, it might be that you have insecure web hosting, which makes your site vulnerable to hacking attempts.

Plus, if your site is vulnerable, it’s more prone to attacks.

Here are several reasons why your site may have been targeted:

Weak Passwords: Most brute force attacks rely on weak or easily guessable login passwords (e.g. passwords related to names, places, birthdates, or mobile numbers).

Incorrect File Permissions: File permissions consists of a set of rules used by your web server. They assist your web server control access to files on your website. If you have incorrect file permissions, it can give a hacker access to change your files.

Outdated WordPress Theme or Plugins: If you have an outdated theme or plugins, they’re frequently littered with security flaws and bugs, making your site vulnerable.

WordPress Isn’t Updated: It’s vital to keep your WordPress up-to-date. What’s important to know is WordPress releases new updates for a reason. New versions of WordPress fix security issues and

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This article was written by N. Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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