Today, hacking has grown to be a major burden for most WordPress blog users worldwide. Hundreds of blogs become victims of hackers who become more complex over time, discovering more and more strategies. These hackers are motivated from a wide range of reasons, starting from pure malicious intent up to the eagerness to seize your website ranking (especially your Google Ranking) for their own personal advantage. So the question now is, how can someone prevent this from happening? The actions WordPress users should do are to identify the signals of possible hacking, where the hacking originated and ultimately to hack proof the blog. WordPress users should: (1) identify the signals of possible hacking, (2) determine where the hacking initiated, and if it has been proven that the blogs have been hacked (3) completely hack-proof the blogs.
- Here are some indications that your blog might have been violated or hacked:
- The loading time for your blog is a bit longer than usual
- Unexpected ranking drop
- Links suddenly start to appear without your knowledge
- Unreasonable drop in the blog’s traffic
- The blog produces strange titles and descriptions when searched in search engines like Google
Hackers use different methods when attacking your blog post. In most cases, they’ll likely start by cracking your admin, FTP or database password. Once they find a way to crack any or all of your passwords, they will then attempt to take advantage of any vulnerable information inside your WordPress plug-ins or installation. The hackers may change your files, place malevolent codes within your database, or add new scripts to run their malware depending on the hacker’s intention. Furthermore, some may also open a bogus WordPress admin account that is invisible in the admin page.
Here are some helpful countermeasures to boost your WP blog’s protection:
- Generate different password variations for your admin, FTP and database. Instead of using SEO123, change it to S1E2O3. Longer and more complicated passwords are harder to crack so make sure to generate at least a 10-character long password to improve its strength.
- Once you open your WordPress account, your current admin account should be deleted immediately. You can then proceed to creating a whole new admin account using a unique name. Avoid making mistakes on your personal/business information in your account info.
- Always update plug-ins and WordPress installations.
- Only allow trustworthy individuals or a web design company to gain access to your wp-admin folder and blogs to stay away from hacker crosshairs.