Infographic: How to Protect Your WordPress Website
- Wes McDowell
- October 14, 2013
Having just gone through this very site being hacked into, I know firsthand the horrors of dealing with such an attack. While there were very few visible indications that it was broken into, search engines could definitely tell, and alerted would-be browsers to the fact that my site was in the words of Google, “compromised.” As you can imagine, that little disclaimer sent people running from my site.
‘Keep updated and stay secure’ is the mantra of an experienced IT consultant. The first question posed by such a technical expert is, “How safe is your web site?” The question itself sends chills through business owner bodies.
634 million web sites reported some variety of digital attack in 2012. Hackers are smart, preying on the most vulnerable. Cheap hosting, poorly-coded extensions, weak passwords, and out-of-date resources are the most common reasons web masters fall victim.
In two years, web-related malware grew by 140%. There’s great reason for hackers to keep busy; WordPress and Joomla, popular web platforms, are commonly threatened (WordPress offers 25,000 plug-ins alone, inspiring 450 million downloads.)
The threat of hackers is palpable; 200,000 phishing attacks resulted in $687 million in losses (nearly a 20% increase since 2011). Research has identified rampant scam variations, including backdoor hacking, drive-by downloads, pharma hacks, and redirects. The hacks disrupt browser solution seeking and the credibility of associated web masters and brands.
Cease of malicious attempts are nowhere in sight; 10% of web sites use WordPress (near half of the top-100 blogs use it) and almost 5% use Joomla, and hackers concentrate on finding weaknesses in both.
However, experts relay a number of actions web masters take to secure sites and keep them updated with the latest software.
- Use secure web hosts
- Keep inventory of extensions, seeking updates
- Backup site information
- Use strong passwords
- Verify sites with Google Webmaster Tools
- Scan computers and extensions for viruses
- Log network traffic sources
Aside from common security implementations, the following infographic provides specific insights WordPress and Joomla web masters may leverage to protect sites from malign visitors and viruses. What are the most common attacks? Who is regularly targeted? What precautionary measures can web masters exact? Don’t get excited about the threat of hackers. Be calm, keep updated and stay secure.
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