WordPress Security: The First Thing You Should Understand

by John Hoff on May 6, 2009

. . . is that people are looking to hack your site.

It doesn’t matter if your site is about how to make cookies or if it’s about blogging, if they can find your blog and you keep it easy for them to gain access, it’s only a matter of time.

Not convinced hacking is a real issue? Try this search (opens in a new window). Look at how many returned results Google found.

Most new bloggers have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging. The typical beginner’s learning process starts with learning about hosting a blog, how to use WordPress, how to write blog articles, and other things bloggers typically do, like social networking.

What they don’t realize is blog security is a big issue. No one ever thinks their blog will be hijacked. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the WordPress Forums and I can’t tell you how many people come there with requests for help because their blog had been hacked.

There are ways to better protect your blog, but realize this: Nothing is full-proof. The best we can do is create a series of road blocks, U-turns, and immediate notifications that something has changed on our blogs.

Why is WordPress widely targeted?

Because out of the box each WordPress installation looks exactly the same and because it’s open source, would-be intruders can then get to know the program really well and test it for security holes. Now don’t be worried that WordPress is not a secure blogging platform – it is.

But there are two things you absolutely must do. You must create yourself a strong password and as soon as WordPress comes out with a new release, you need to upgrade immediately.

This article is not meant to scare you, but rather meant to try and open people’s eyes to the fact that this is an every day problem and with a little knowledge, you can limit the chances your blog will one day be hacked.

So tell me…

Do you think your blog is as secure as it could be? If not, it might be time to up your security.

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