Top 5 Ways to Know You Have a Hacked Website
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Top 5 Ways to Know You Have a Hacked Website

Is your blog hacked? These 5 tips help you identify a hacked blog or website.

One of the goals for a hacker is to hack a website without alerting the website owner. Months go by, and a website owner hosts a hacked website without knowing the site has been compromised. The website owner may notice some strange occurrences, but here are some hacked signs that alert the owner of a compromised website. Websites that are hacked can spread malware, and the hacker sometimes steals your customer’s information.

The “Eval Base64_decode” Function at the Bottom of Your Code

The “Eval” function is used to hide code in PHP blogs such as Blogger and Wordpress. The “base64_decode” decodes encoded text that you are unable to read when you view your website code files. The hacker places a redirection code using “eval” and “base64_decode” at the bottom of your PHP file, so you are unable to read the hacked code and don’t notice the redirection to the hacker’s web page. If you did not put the functions on your page, then your blog or website has probably been hacked.

A Drop in Google Search Engine Results Rank

If your site is hacked with a redirection to an online pharmacy, the Google algorithm detects a problem and lowers your search engine rank. If you check your rank often, you notice a drop in rank. You can drop several pages and even hundreds of pages in the search engine results.

A Red Warning Alert in Google Chrome or Firefox

When Google detects a hacked website, Firefox and Chrome use the Google API to show a warning message to users. Instead of seeing your website, the web browser shows a red screen alerting the reader to a hacked website address. Users can hit the back button or proceed to your site. In most cases, the user prefers to click the back button to avoid infecting the computer. The best way to detect a hacked website is enter your domain name into Chrome or Firefox and see if the red warning screen shows.

Google Indexes Your Site with Pharmacy Text

If your site has been hacked and redirects to a pharmacy, search your domain name with pharmacy text such as “Viagra,” “pharmacy, “ or “meds.” Pornographic search phrases are also used to check if your site has been hacked and redirect to adult websites. This type of check gives you a heads up, and lets you know the hacker’s code is somewhere in your website code.

Check the .htaccess File on Your Host Server

The “.htaccess” file is a part of an Apache server host. One web hack is placing a redirect code in the .htaccess file. Open the .htaccess file located on the root of your web host directory. Read through the file and locate any odd website addresses. If you have a website address that is not yours in the .htaccess file, your file has been hacked.

These tips help you identify a hacked website. After you fix the hack, you must identify where your site vulnerability is located. If you do not identify the security hole, you are susceptible to hacks after you go through the trouble of fixing hacked code.

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Very good share. Thanks.