Your security and privacy is important to us but we will need your help to stay safe. There will always be someone out there wanting to take advantage of everything we’ve built.
Let’s work together to keep those baddies out.
The hacker’s ultimate goal is either to hijack the entire server to use as their own or to make your Content Management System (CMS),Wordpress, work to collect data for them or send out spam for them. Here are some recommendations for website administrators in maintaining security with WordPress through Dreamhost and detecting when the site has been compromised.
WordPress System Administration HAck (WP- Admin Hack)
WordPress will notify your email if there was a request to change the administrative email. That is a big indicator that you should check your WordPress Users list. The email associated with your administrator should be displayed in your Settings Tab > General. Your administrative user should be located in the Users tab. If there are any other users with administrative permissions that were not authorized, delete them.
what are the symptoms of the wp-admin hack?
Here are some signs your WordPress admin panel may have been hacked:
– You find that admin users you’re not aware of have been added to your WordPress site, or find that a lot of spam WordPress users have been created then definitely it is wp-admin hack situation.
– Google indexes your site with pharma spam pages.
– Your WordPress website becomes very slow.
– New web pages are added to your website with Japanese text (Japanese SEO spam pages).
– Any WordPress Security plugins that you’ve added to your site automatically get disabled.
– You find unknown files like admin.php, adminer.php in the /public_html folder or /public_html/wp-admin folder.
A Malware remover can be added to the server through Dreamhost for around $36/yr.
Dreamhost will notify you if there are any new FTP Users created. There should only be one created at setup; any others should be reported to Dreamhost immediately. Fwd to: email@example.com
Dreamhost provides Let’s Encrypt, a free and open SSL/TLS certificates by a not-for-profit certificate authority. This is usually a part of setup and they will email you about a new encryption regularly.