WordPress as we all are now aware is undoubtedly the most popular blogging platform at the moment, with millions of users all around the world. However, this popularity comes with a downside: the more prominent and visible a platform is, the more likely it is to be subjected to all sorts of attacks throughout the years.
While WordPress has already taken a lot of security measures and safety precautions, in the end it is the duty of every user to install the right plugins and to update the WordPress installation and website security.
Only a Secure Website Can Protect You from Brute Force Attackers
As a blogger, you certainly care a lot about your content and your daily visitors, who are passionate about your work and who would be devastated to see that your site has been taken over by an unwelcome visitor. Not only can this lead to the loss of your readers, followers and fans, but it can also lead to the loss of a valuable income source, as many people rely on their site to make them money.
If you have monetized your website as well, then you have one more reason to worry about the security of your website. It often happens that these hackers target login details, this is why people with very weak or predictable passwords are commonly the most targeted ones. (Is your login username ‘admin’?)
Keeping your WordPress website safe and secure is an aspect of utmost importance not only for your readers and followers, but also for maintaining the reputation of your business, if you use the website to promote a service or a business.
A hacker attack can wreak havoc on the reliability and trustworthiness of a site, and while the online environment can make or break your company – it goes both ways. You can prevent an unpleasant reputation that can have severe long-term consequences by simply updating the security system of your website.
Fortunately, there are many powerful and effortless website security tools, patches and plugins that you can use in order to get the peace of mind you need, knowing that your identity, your blog posts and the private information of your subscribers or commenters (such as their e-mail address) is safe and sound.
If a hacker detects a flaw or a breach in your site, he can easily exploit it in order to get the control and then send spam messages to all the e-mails if your subscribers. Recovering from such an attack can take hours or even weeks, time during which you lose the attention and the confidence your readers have entrusted you with.
One plugin which was recently recommended to me after my private little invasion is one called Word Fence Security. There is a free version as well as a premium one. I have started to use the free one which I am very satisfied with. The first day I had installed it, it alerted me that one of my installations was under attack and had blocked the IP address from any further ‘visits’.
Unfortunately, cyber-attacks often turn into a vicious circle, as taking over your WordPress site is the best case scenario – in some cases, the attacker may even install malicious malware on your computer and the computer of your visitors to steal their personal data, which is a crime and will be prosecuted as such.
The consequences of having your website hacked by a professional are many – sensitive information is at great risk, you risk to spread viruses and malware to everybody who access the website, or your website may become temporarily or permanently banned by Google (as has now happened to me on 17 sites), which basically means that your traffic will drop significantly and you will have to start a new blog from scratch, as restoring the reputation, credibility and overall ranking and quality of a hacked website is very difficult. (Goodbye Ad-sense earnings).
In addition to the fact that a hacker attack poses a massive threat to the safety and online security of your readers, this can also damage your website ranking, thus lowering the position of your website in the SERP, or the Search Engine Results Page.
Every responsible blogger who uses WordPress should be well-aware of the fact that the Internet has never been, and will never be a 100% safe place. Massive progress has been made to make the online environment a safer space for all users, yet individuals must take safety precautions as well. There is no reason why you should not consider consolidating the security system of your WordPress website, as this will never negatively impact the performance of your blog.
Besides this, a proper security system will constantly scan for threats and block any and all the malicious and potentially harmful targets, it will help you create the best login details and will detect any suspicious file modification, as it takes place in real-time.
Another way that people are taking advantage of bloggers is when we use a particular type of installation. In another article I will address the best methods of installing WordPress which leaves you less vulnerable. In the end, better be safe than sorry as I well know!