WordPress Websites Targeted by Hackers

Security analysts recently detected an ongoing attack that uses a huge number of computers from across the Internet to commandeer servers that run WordPress. Earlier this week the BBC reported on the issue. You can read more on the problem here.

Is WordPress Secure?

The short answer is yes, but with some help.

WordPress is currently platform of choice for over 43% of all sites across the web so it’s no surprise it has also become a popular target. People with a limited tech experience can use it “out of the box”, and more tech-savvy folks can customise it in remarkable ways.

WordPress is secure and committed to ensuring security for all, from solo bloggers to enterprise organisations. There are regular security updates released, both for the WordPress core and for plugins. The problems arise when websites are left and not kept up to date, allowing out-of-date code to be exploited.

How Can I Secure My WordPress Website?

With so much at stake, users who run WordPress sites are strongly advised to lock down their servers immediately. The effort may not only protect the security of the individual site but could also help safeguard the Internet as a whole.

We take security very seriously and make sure our WordPress websites are as secure as possible. If you have your own WordPress site, we recommend making sure your passwords are a strong as possible and installing Wordfence, a free plugin to help cover the basics.

It’s also good practise to:

What Happens If My Site Is Hacked?

If your website is successfully hacked then the results can be catastrophic. Google have recently stepped in to offer up some assistance with their new Webmasters Help For Hacked Sites. There is also a handy video guide here.

If you need to update your WordPress website security, we can help clean up WordPress sites, restore backups and lock them down. Get in touch for a free quote.

About the Author: Dan is an award-winning designer and WordPress developer with a passion for creativity, an eye for aesthetics and nearly two decades of experience working with renowned bands, iconic brands, and prestigious record labels from every corner of the globe.