How Vulnerable Is WordPress to Hackers?
WordPress makes managing, updating and changing your blog incredibly simple – and that’s only one reason why millions of people are using it today. Due to this popularity, the platform was recently put under attack by hackers using a “botnet” strategy to take down numerous sites. This botnet attack was a large scale DDOS (direct denial of service) attack that crippled thousands of sites and put their data at risk.
Before you panic and switch your blog management software, there are a few things you need to know first. The good news is—you don’t need to stop using WordPress—you just need to be a little smarter when it comes to using it.
Why Is WordPress Vulnerable?
WordPress is easily one of the most popular blog management tools in existence and that means that it’s also a favorite of hackers. It’s unfortunately relatively easy to crack into a WordPress site due to the defaults such as the user name, that the software picks and site owners don’t change. There’s nothing inherently wrong with WordPress however, it’s simply a matter of being aware and taking the appropriate measures to secure your site.
How to Protect Your WordPress Site
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to secure your WordPress site. The first step is to make sure you’re using a more complicated password that includes letters, numbers and characters and that you are changing it often. Instead of using the “admin” default log-in, change your username to something more obscure. You can also take advantage of the “dual stage” log-in that WordPress offers to further secure your data and prevent most brute force or DDOS attacks.
It’s also important to keep your WordPress version updated and lastly, consider installing a security plug-in that will help create yet another layer of defense to keep your data safe.
Web Hosting with Strategic Media
If you are utilising fully managed web hosting for your business website with Strategic Media, you can rest assured that your website is completely safe.
Our dedicated servers are completely OS security hardened, firewalls are configured to counteract DDOS attacks, WordPress has been configured and locked down, WordPress is regularly updated, automatic malware scans, automatic website backups occur automatically, multiple backups are saved locally, remotely and also in a third remote location. Backups are also archived for 12 months.
As you can see, everything has been implemented to keep your valuable web assets secure. Fully managed web hosting is one of the smartest business decisions you can make since you do not have to learn or implement any of the strategies needed to keep your website secure.
Website Inflected with Malware
One of the worst things that can happen to your website is if someone hacks your website and installs malware.
Google can detect that your website is infected and initially this is shown in the Google search results (which means no-one will click on your site). Eventually if you do not fix the problem, your website will be delisted from the Google search results altogether. This can have a devastating effect on your business.
When I was doing some SEO research for Dural Dental Practice, it appears that one of their competitors websites is infected with malware. Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure that you have all the necessary security measures in place so your website is locked down.