Redirected Internet searches, unexpected installs, rogue mouse pointers, your website pages get rerouted to porn sites or fishing websites: Here’s how you know your website has been hacked when you’ve been owned by hackers.
We have a few clients that went thru this horror story. One received an email asking him for money for them to release his website another one got his pages rerouted it to a porn site. This hurt their name and brand very much .
The first one was offline for a few days and lost a lot of clients and sales. The second one didn’t notice for a whole two months because he never visited his own website until a few people emailed him letting him know about the problem.
These types of situations are more and more common lately and will hurt the loyalty and trust of your clients. So let’s start:
How do I know my website has been hacked?
10 signs your website has been hacked and taking control back!
- Your online password isn’t working
- You observe unexpected software installs
- Your mouse moves between programs and makes selections
- Antimalware, Task Manager or Registry Editor is disabled
- Your online account is missing money
- You’ve been notified by someone you’ve been hacked
- Confidential data has been leaked
- Your credentials are in a password dump
- Website performance
- You get a ransomware message
The most common hack for businesses owners:
You get a ransomware message
One of the worst messages anyone can see on their computer is a sudden screen take-over telling them all their data is encrypted and asking for a payment to unlock it. Ransomware is sadly huge in today’s world! Billions of dollars in productivity are being lost and billions in ransom are being paid. Small businesses, large businesses, hospitals, police stations, and entire cities are being brought to a halt by ransomware. About 50% of the victims pay the ransom, ensuring that it isn’t going away anytime soon.
You don’t have to! You are not alone.
You need to figure out the shared secret encryption key or some other way to reverse-engineer the ransomware. You will need to identify the ransomware program and version you are facing. An updated antimalware program might identify the culprit, although often all you have to go on is the ransomware extortion message, which is often enough. Search on that name and version and see what you find. The best advice is to get a Web developer to take care of this for you without risking your files and clients’ information.
If your web server has been compromised by hackers and is being used to send out spam or has been enlisted as part of an attack on another website, there is a pretty good chance that your site has been blacklisted in search engines and added to email blacklists.
This means your visitors may get a warning notification when accessing your site or they may not be able to get the site to load at all. Suspicious Activity in Your Website and Server Logs. Website and server logs are an advanced way to detect a hacked website.
If you’re unsure if your site is actually hacked, or if you think your site was incorrectly flagged, start by registering your site in Search Console. Go to the Security Issues sections of Search Console and look for example URLs where Google detected that your site has been hacked. The video below provides an overview of how Search Console can help you.