4 Quick Ways to See if Your Site's Hacked

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4 Quick Ways to See if Your Site's Hacked

hacked_grunge.pngThe rampant hacking of WordPress and other content management system (CMS) websites is just a bit more than troubling. It seems like I get a new notice of a zero-day vulnerability notice weekly or more. A zero-day vulnerability is defined as "A zero day vulnerability refers to a hole in software that is unknown to the vendor. This security hole is then exploited by hackers before the vendor becomes aware and hurries to fix it—this exploit is called a zero day attack." by PC Tools. 


The big question though is how would you even know if your site has been hacked? Most hacks aren't even remotely obvious. In fact it's not uncommon for me to come across new clients all the time that have no idea that their site is spewing with spam pages. How can you check to see if your site's been compromised? Here are 4 quick checks:


1. Type site:yourdomain.com in Google.com and check down the list of your website's indexed pages. If there seems to be way more pages indexed than there should be, that may be a sign your site has been hacked. It's especially bad if the words showing up are in another language or mention Italian purses.


2. Check on Sucuri.net for a free scan: https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/ 


3. Look at your website files. Do you see anything out of the ordinary? Is your file volume 3 GB for what amounts to a small 5 page website. If so, you likely have a problem.


4. As a bonus, check and make sure your MX records (email records) are clean as well: http://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx 


Your reputation is important. These hacks are growing fast and many times you won't even know there's an issue. I definitely suggest checking one or more of the above at least once a month. You may also choose to utilize website monitoring by your host combined with automated weekly website backups to a third party server such as Amazon Web Services.


These steps will save you all kinds of future headaches. 


Jake Burns
An award-winning, Master Certified partner and is the founder of SouthDirekt, a Tampa-based internet marketing firm.
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