Have you ever worried about the valuable content on your site being hacked? We all have so many different logins and passwords that we are hoping to remain private when we enter them online. There are logins and passwords for your Facebook accounts, computers, and most importantly our business information. Our websites are filled with content about us, the owners, and everything about our business that we would like our audience to know. What you might not know is that our websites are filled with content that hackers are now using to guess our logins and passwords. Below are examples of the content hackers are using:
- Authors of our social media content and blog posts
- Company or owner’s name(s) combined with your email domain name (example: @yourdomainname.com)
- Staff biographies with information on interests, hobbies, which could be an inclination of their passwords and logins
- Good ol’ username of admin. This gets hackers one step closer to tapping your site
Does any of the above content sound like the content you include on your website? If so, there is a few ways to help protect your website content. One of the ways is a plugin called Login Attempts. Login Attempts limits, you guessed it, the number of times a person, or in this case a hacker, can attempt to login to your site. This obviously limits their guessing skills to 3-5 guesses and then locks them out, (assuming you don’t forget your own login or password…he he ☺). You can completely customize your preferences so that it is the perfect type of protection for your web page content. Download and learn more about the Login Attempts plugin here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/limit-login-attempts/
Recently, hackers have been targeting WordPress sites just like yours, because it is easy. A lot of the blogs on our WordPress site is not up to date and are easily compromised because of this. Outdated files and plugins are traceable, and therefore an open invitation for hackers.
Give yourself the added protection of security for your site with, Sucuri (https://sucuri.net), an antivirus and firewall company, can also be used as an overall protection for your WordPress site and content, providing malware protections and cleanup for your site. We recommend this plugin for the simple fact along with the protection, Sucuri developers will clean any hacks that do occur without any additional fees. This alone can easily run you $400 or more per incident.
If you are using a WordPress site for your organization its security should be your number one concern. It is important to lock-down your website so some information is not accessible to everyone who visits your site. We, along with many of our clients, use WordPress as the vessel for our website content and blogging efforts. Our website hosts all of the information necessary for a target audience to understand our organization’s mission, services and/or products. Shield yourself and your business from WordPress hackers with simple plugins and antivirus protection like Login Attempts and Sucuri.
Disclaimer: Hackers have many skills. Guessing your login and password is just ONE of the many ways hackers can access your WordPress site.