WordPress one of the most popular Content Management System in the world. Over than 75 Millions websites of the entire internet are actually powered by WordPress and there’s reason for that. WordPress is the most developer-friendly CMS out there and You can essentially do anything as you wish with it. Unfortunately, that has another side with some downsides with security.
If you are using WordPress, with default configuration, hackers and some pesky users with too much curiousity immediately know where to find address of your admin area.
Simple example: In WordPress CMS, you can just type in domain.com/wp-admin and it will take you right to the login page. Additionally, a lot of users using “admin” as login username or it’s easy to know using ?author=1 Query Parameter. Just put it at the end of Your domain. Example – yourdomain.com/?author=1. You can try do it by yourself. It’s enough that trying to hack your password. The most common method hackers use is brute force, which allows them to test millions of login and password combinations in a short amount of time.
Reasons, why Your website can be hacked
You may think that your site has not something interesting or valuable information for hackers, if You have, for example, blog, small corporate website with information about your company or any small online shop. Perhaps, You can say: “I haven’t nothing interests for hackers and I don’t need pay for security services”.
But it is not true.
Hacking is regularly performed by automated scripts written to scour the Internet in an attempt to exploit all websites on known website security issues in software.
What Do These Hackers Want From Me?
Reasons can be different and very often not directed against Your personal website, steal Your data or deface Your website, but they need your website as source for their targets.
Some of the most popular reasons why hackers want to hack your unsecure website.
Hackers might want hack websites to boost their egos or to show off that they were capable of pulling off such tasks. Essentially, hacking was synonymous with a “look at what I can do!” mentality. Website Vandalism inspired attacks are often done more for a shock factor and to grab people’s attention.
Also they can attempts to use your server as an email relay for spam, setup a temporary web server, normally to serve files of an illegal nature or run different spam driven scripts to improve amount of links to their sources. Other very common ways to abuse compromised machines include using your servers as part of a botnet, or to mine for Bitcoins. You could even be hit by ransom ware.
Saving Your investment
Improving Clients trust
Boosting Rank & Brand Value
If Your Website was hacked, all of Your activity, providing via Website will stop, most hosting providers will block Your website, while you clean from viruses. Also Search Engines, for example Google can add Your Website in Blacklist as unsafe site, your website will disappear from Search.
You can lose some of Your clients and their trust forever and as a result money.
At the end You will need pay additional money for clean from viruses and you will pay for setup Security and after that you will wait while Google re-check Your Website as Safe and return to search.
Also Safe Websites has higher search ranking in search engines. Google wants to ensure the best user experience for their customers, so understandably they don’t want to send searchers to insecure sites. If your site isn’t secure, it could be getting outranked by similar sites that are.