Protect Your WordPress Site!

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.

Personally, I have found that blue-host does an excellent job with word press sites.

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