Did you know that people are trying to break into your WordPress website all the time? Why? Motivations vary, but the main one is predictable: profit. Here are the 3 primary ways that hackers want to use your site.
1. Computing power
It’s not your website that the average attacker wants – it’s the power of its web server. This can be used to perform complex computations or simply to hide the hacker’s identity while he uses a server that is not linked to his name to perform other tasks.
Computing power can also be used to churn out zillions of spam emails, and in a way that’s hard to trace, since the emails will come from your server, not the attacker’s own computers. Often, by the time it’s spotted, the attacker has received his pay-off. Another way is to insert links into web pages intended only to be visible to search engines to help the destination websites move up the search rankings. Sneaky!
3. Serving up viruses
A hacked website can be modified to infect unprotected visitors with viruses – if the security on their PC/Mac/etc. Isn’t up to date. Viruses then allow the visitor’s computer to be used for the various purposes. Weak passwords, out-of-date plugins, etc., provide ways for the bad guys to use your computing resources to make money.
I have had clients come to me over the years with sites that needed to be cleaned up and, believe me, it’s not fun!
What you can do…
One of the best things that you can do to protect your site is to add a freemium security plugin like Wordfence. Wordfence is a complete anti-virus and firewall package for WordPress. It not only protects your site from possible attacks but also keeps you off Google’s SEO blacklist and helps repair hacked files, even if you don’t have backups. It also includes a feature that locks out brute force attacks, hiding your WordPress version number, blocking fake google crawlers and many other security enhancements.
Most importantly, keep WordPress versions up-to-date along with all the plugins that you are using. So don’t be a slacker, update your site!BACK TO ALL TIPS AND TRICKS