Proactive ways to detect a hacked website

In this digital age, most people prefer to make e-commerce transactions that is why more and more businesses are paving their way in the digital landscape. Probably every website owner takes sample security measures to keep their website but sometimes brute force attacks of hackers can hack or infect your website.

Investing in security is the best way to avoid any such hacking occurrence. The website owners should run ongoing security checks to detect any hacking activity. Sometimes, website owners come to know about their website being hacked only after when the website’s reputation on search engine gets tarnished. Every website has a threat of getting hacked so one should be careful & look for the sign of hacking. Keeping up with the website’s health is of utmost importance as you never know when you come across any suspicious activity.

Here we’ve rounded up a few proactive ways to detect a hacked website:

An unexpected drop in traffic:

The first signal that one should look out for to detect a hacked website is a sudden drop in the traffic. Whenever a hacker hijacks any website, he redirects it to some spammy site which results in driving away the website traffic. The website owner should analyze their website traffic in Google analytics regularly so, on noticing any sudden dip in traffic, he can immediately take some action against it.

Unable to access the admin account

If you are unable to access your admin account then chances are that your website is being hacked. Sometimes, hackers change or delete the login credentials so that no one can retrieve the account. On finding yourself in any such situation then you need to act actively and contact your hosting company immediately.

Unwanted & spammy pop-ups

The next sign of a hacked website is that it will display unwanted & spammy pop-ups. Hackers display such spammy ads of illegal websites to make money by diverting your website’s traffic to other illegal websites. This type of issue occurs when the hacker has a backdoor installed on your website server.

Your hosting company has taken your website offline

Hosting companies tend to take the website offline whenever it receives any reports from visitors about the website being infected with malicious content. Hosting companies follow a policy under which it has all rights to take your website offline if it has been hacked.

Suspicious new user accounts

If you have a strong spam protection mechanism installed on your website yet you find multiple spam user accounts then you need to take some quick action as your website could be possibly hacked by someone. Also, you need to deeply check what administrative rights can these accounts take advantage of.

Your e-mails will end up in the spam folder

Another proactive way of knowing that your website is hacked is when all your sent emails end up in the spam folder. Once the hackers break into your website then they send out random emails to people who in-turn report it, and your website eventually gets marked as a spammy site.

Sluggish website performance

A sudden change in the website’s performance can indicate that your website is infected. When a hacker makes an attack on your site then there are very high chances that he’ll probably try to crash down the server by sending unlimited requests to the server or he’ll install malicious scripts onto the site which will make the website perform sluggishly.

Final Thoughts

Every website owner should be aware of the warning signs to act actively and fix the damage before it gets too late. No website is 100% immune to the brute attack of hackers however by laying foolproof strategies, one can surely avoid hacking encounters. Look out for all the signals that we’ve discussed in this article & follow all the necessary security protocols to keep your website protected.