WordPress gets attacked again … is it worth using? Is it safe?
It's true, no open-source content management system seems to get attacked quite like WordPress, but there is something fundemental to mention: no other open-source content management system is as big as WordPress. In fact, if you added all the other guys together, WordPress would still be bigger.
So if I'm a hacker sitting at home looking to target a weakness, do I invest in the smaller guys, or the big guy? WordPress gets attacked because it is the big guy, and any vulnerabilities that might be out there get found as a result. So that's the good news.
But what vulnerabilities are generally found on WordPress?
Despite WordPress being open-source, one of the largest afflictions is poor password choice. While username can be an issue, it's also not something that can be hidden from public eye, so if you think you've mastered the process by making a tricky admin name, think again. Your true admin name can be found without any hacking.
Most times, a poor password is the biggest problem. But more can be done. There are so many plugin that protect against security threats. How much do they cost, you ask? You can get top-notch protection for: FREE! Make sure you get something that scans your site as well as protects your htaccess file in your root folder. Bulletproof Security does this nicely. Wordfence is another great free plugin that protects your system.
The key is security, and it is essential for having a site that you do not have to worry about. I can not tell you how many horror stories I have heard from an unsecure site not being geared to properly. Outdated plugins / themes, etc … well, that is just a breeding ground for potential malware.
If you manage a WordPress site there is another thing to take into consideration, having multiple sites on the same server can be dangerous if they're not all well tend to. Think of it this way, if one site gets an infection and they're all sitting next to each other, what do you think will happen to the rest? Be careful how you manage multiple sites.
WordPress may get attacked, but their response and service is fantastic … especially since, as we said before … they're open-source and free. As far as CMS platforms go, WordPress is the standard, and I will take it over the rest any day!
Source by David M Winter