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June 24, 2021

How Do You Know If You Have a Compromised Website?

How Do You Know If You Have a Compromised Website?

COMPROMISED WEBSITE - Blog PhotoWhen your website has been compromised it can destroy your business quickly.

 

This is especially true if you don't have a brick and mortar location and depend entirely on your website to make sales.

 

If this is the case you will need to make sure that your website is secure at all times.

 

However, even with the best security, your site may one day be compromised.

 

When this happens you need to know how to recognize the signs that you have a compromised website. Here is a look at everything you need to know.

 

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1. Google Search Console Security Issues

Google search console is one of those tools that you must have in your arsenal if you want to find out if your website has been hacked.   

 

When you log into the console all you have to do is go to the "security & manual actions" tab and then go to "Security Issues". After that, you can view your report.

 

You can then see all the cybersecurity threats such as phishing sites, malware warnings, and URL injections that are available for your site.

2. Watch Out for Notifications 

When your website gets hacked your hosting provider will almost always notify you. Your hosting provider will take the website offline and then you will be emailed.

 

If you try to visit your website you will get a notification that the site has been hacked.

 

If you use Google chrome a red screen will alert you about visiting a website that is not safe.

 

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3. Customer Alerts About a Compromised Website

Often when there is a problem with a website it is your customer that first notices it and will alert you. This is especially true if it is a sales website.

 

Always take these reports seriously so that you can get things fixed as quickly as possible without inconveniencing your customers or compromising their data.

4. Check Your Search Results

Instead of using your browser, another way to find out if your site has been hacked is to simply check in the search results.

 

If your site has been compromised you will see an alert under the search result for your site and it will say, "This site has been hacked".  Once you see that, you will know that the site has been compromised.

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Secure Your Website

Once you find out that you have a compromised website, the next best thing to do is get it restored.

 

Your web hosting provider will usually have a team that can help you. If they don't then they can recommend someone to assist you with removing any malicious codes from your website.

 

After you have had your website cleansed the next step is to secure it and back it up properly so that it is not hacked again.

 

If you are searching for more technical advice that will help to keep your website safe, do not hesitate to visit the tech tips section of the website.

Mike Tungate
ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Mike Tungate
Hello! I am the Web Services Manager @ EnvisionIT Solutions. I create business websites, help shape a businesses image through branding, and help them grow through content marketing. I am an avid photographer and a lover of musical instruments.
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