WordPress is a free blogging software which you can use to create your own blog and that are social network friendly.
You can either choose to host your own blog through a blog web host or you can host a free one over at wordpress.com.
Either way, there are some security risks out there which you should be made aware of. Understand that hackers are out to find easy website targets and many times websites which are powered by older versions of WordPress are highly susceptible to getting hacked.
So let’s take a look at the following:
- Methods hackers use to hack your site
- 2 killers that allow hackers to hack blogs
Methods Hackers Use To Hack You (and your website)
Ways people hack into blogs might include:
- Watching for your login session and intercepting your username and password.
- Watching for your FTP session and intercepting your username and password.
- Intercept emails to and from your computer which might include your username and password.
- Make use of deception and trickery to gain access to your blog.
- Look for files and directories which might not be secured right and visible online.
- Use SQL Injection to hack into your database.
- Use brute force password discovery to crack your password.
- Finding targets by knowing what to search for in search engines.
- Making use of viruses.
2 KILLERS That Allow Hackers To Hack Blogs
As the title above says, there are two big killers when it comes to the resulting factors as to why people’s blogs get hacked all the time.
I) Lack of *knowledge* – which we’ve already talked about in detail in previous tutorials.
II) *Procrastination* – this is a big killer. I’ve talked about blog security time and time again–in forums, my blog, guest blog articles, emails, webinars, interviews, comment sections… you name it. And the scary part is, everyone always agrees with me that it’s a good idea to secure their blogs… but they don’t do it?
Let’s face it, you started a blog because you were passionate about a topic. You want to concentrate on your writing and building relationships – I get it, so do I.
WordPress security kind of just fell into my lap one day and I really embraced it. And when I showed my friends what I learned, they convinced me to take some time and detail it all out for everyone else to see and learn from.
Like anything in life, you can’t only do the parts that are fun. From time to time you need to clean the house, wash the car, change the oil, mow the grass… because if you don’t, what happens? The house becomes unlivable, the car breaks down, the over grown grass makes your house appear ugly and you get bugs, etc.
If you tell yourself, “I’ll secure my blog later”, you’re probably just kidding yourself.
I’ve been around in this business a long time and I know what happens. Unless you act TODAY, the likelihood that you will ever actually secure your blog is pretty low, unless you get hacked that is!
And it’ll only be then that you realize securing your blog should be at the TOP of your list.
This is how I see it go all the time and it breaks my heart. People agree it’s a good idea to secure their blogs, but they don’t, not until after their blog is ruined. I’m not sure if it’s a money thing, a trust factor in me, or a true understanding of the problem, but in my experience procrastination always manages to be one of the key factors in why so many blogs get hacked.