Did you know that more than a quarter of all websites are powered by WordPress? This has created a nice big target for hackers who exploit weakness in the platform and disrupt hundreds of thousands of sites.
In February of 2017, a mistake in WordPress was discovered and secretly patched in the hopes of working under the radar so as not to attract the attention of malicious hackers. Not surprisingly, 48 hours after publicizing the flaw and subsequent patch, thousands of WordPress sites were compromised. These hacks were all preventable had the sites been updated to include the new patch.
Why Would Anyone Want to Hack My Site?
Many small business owners feel immune to the threats of hacking. Unfortunately for them most hacks do not target specific sites, but are simply crimes of opportunity. A hacker programs a bot to look for vulnerabilities and when they are found, automatically disrupts the site. Very impersonal, but no less damaging and potentially expensive for the business owner.
What are the Weak Points Hackers Exploit?
Hackers are programming their bots to try lots of “doors” until they find one that’s unlocked. Where are these weaknesses hiding?
- 41% – vulnerabilities in hosting platforms
- 29% – insecure themes
- 22% – vulnerable plugins
- 8% – weak passwords
How Can I Secure My WordPress Site?
- Choose a reliable hosting provider – Look for a provider that offers a WordPress optimized environment, does regular security checks for malware and performs routine backups.
- Get rid of extra themes and plugins – Update the ones you have and get rid of the ones you don’t use anymore. This will also increase the speed of your site.
- Work with a WordPress service provider – hire a service provider to ensure your site is continually updated with the most recent upgrades, is free of unnecessary and potentially dangerous plugins and themes and is continually backed up to insure minimal damage in case of a security breach.
Now is the time to make sure your WordPress site is up to date and backed up. Don’t wait for someone else to discover your site’s security flaws.
Let us secure your site, provide real-time updates and daily backups with our affordable WordPress site support service.