WordPress has made it easier than ever to create a great website or blog to interact with potential clients and customers. However, hackers regularly take steps to target WordPress websites for their own personal gain.
Understanding more about why your site gets hacked is well worth doing, and can help you identify different ways to avoid having it happen to you. Let’s take a closer look.
Why Are You Being Targeted?
First, it’s worth understanding why your site is being targeted. Hackers target websites for several different reasons. The primary ones are:
- Spamming emails to visitors to your site and to your email lists
- Forwarding your visitors away from your site and to their own spam sites
- Gaining access to data about you, your site, your business, and your visitors to sell for monetary gain
- Distribution of malicious software or ads direction to your site visitors
All of these can be detrimental to your site and your overall reputation, and in the end the goal of hacker is to turn your site into a source of illegitimate income for themselves. There’s one other reason hackers target sites: bragging rights.
Why WordPress Sites Get Hacked?
Out of all the various types of sites out there, why do hackers target WordPress? It’s not that it’s unsafe to use – it’s that it’s incredibly popular. In fact, there are more than 74.5 million sites running on the WordPress platform. That amount of use translates to heavier targeting.
Is WordPress Secure?
It’s important to note that while it’s popular and regularly targeted, WordPress is still secure. Vulnerability are patched quickly because of the huge number of developers out there. The open source design helps improve the overall stability and security since vulnerabilities are managed quickly.
Signs That You’re At Risk
There are some clear signs that make your site stand out as an at-risk website for hackers. Here are some of the indicators that you need to pay attention to.
- If you use the same password for all your accounts and sites, one password breach can give a hacker access to all of your pages
- If you don’t regularly update WordPress and its various plugins you’re allowing hackers to take advantage of security flaws.
- Using website passwords like “admin”, “password”, or “1234” can make it incredibly easy for hackers to access your site
- Using cheap hosting can lead to server hacks on that hosting service. This can spread to your own site quickly
- Theme bundles can seem like a good idea, but they can bring major vulnerabilities. It’s better to go with themes that don’t do everything to your site and then downloading plugins separately.
Your WordPress site is important, and the info above can help you keep it safe.