If you want to hack WordPress sites, a recent article from WordFence, the premier WordPress security software manufacturer, gives you the top ways hackers have done it.
If you own and maintain a WordPress website, knowing about the most common ways that other sites have been hacked can arm you with loads of information on the areas you need to lock down on your own WordPress site, and greatly reduce your chances of getting hacked.
We’ve handled hacks here at the Stanfield Agency, and it is never pretty. You think that you have it covered, but you can be a valuable target for determined hackers if they are looking for a way to increase their search engine rankings by breaking in and littering your site with spam backlinks to their website.
Does Google Increase the Incentive to Hack WordPress Sites?
I believe that recent changes in Google’s search engine algorithms make small but somewhat authoritative sites even more desirable to hack. If you are selling fake boner medication on a website in the 3rd World, then getting a bunch of backlinks from real healthcare websites is the way for you to go. So hackers want to hack your WordPress site even more since Google made authoritative backlinks such a key factor in their search engine results.
And that’s just a reason to hack you that makes some kind of sense, among a thousand reasons that don’t.
I suggest that all small business owners read and understand this blogpost by Wordfence, and look into having someone install and configure their security product, or someone else’s. Even if you have not been hacked before, you should consider yourself lucky. Realize that you are increasingly becoming a target now – if you are at all successful.
Lock down your WordPress website in every way possible.