Most website owners consider it their biggest nightmare; someone gaining unauthorized access to your WordPress and hacking your website. Not only could hacking lead to damage to your website, but what about the immediate damage done to your reputation? It could take you quite some time before you are able to gain back the faith of your visitors, or perhaps you have lost them forever. Given that WordPress is still becoming more and more popular, it is understandable that more and more hackers are targeting WordPress.
How Does A Hacker Find My Website?
As a business owner, you might assume that there is a minimal chance that a hacker is going to find your website. Especially given there are millions of websites available online. Your website is nothing but a drop in an ocean, a needle in the haystack right?
– And you could not be more wrong
A hacker does not work manually, they are not checking out every website personally to find a vulnerability. Instead, they make sure to automate the process, have their technological minions to do the dirty work for them. These programs are looking for vulnerable websites – this is all these programs do.
Oftentimes these scripts or programs run on a cloud server, because a hacker can set up the program and destroy it later without leaving any real trace. Through this automated process, hackers are able to check hundreds (possibly even thousands) of websites every hour.
Given that these scripts are relatively affordable and cloud-hosting servers are inexpensive too, it often makes the ‘investment’ worth it for hackers. Once the hacking script comes up with a website, it tests it for thousands of known vulnerabilities. If your WordPress website is subject to just one of them (meaning it has not been fully secured), it could mean that a hacker already has some level of access to your website.
How Do Hackers Compromise Your Website?
We now know that hackers are capable of getting to your website, even if you are just a small startup company. These are the most common ways in which they are able to get onto your website:
- 8% because of weak passwords
- 22% because of a vulnerable plugin
- 29% through an insecure theme
- 41% are hacked through vulnerabilities in their hosting platform
Given that people still find vulnerabilities in WordPress and its plugins and themes, it is vitally important that you make sure that you secure your WordPress website. Because of the importance of your website to your business, it is imperative that you keep your WordPress website secure. This is why we recommend working with professional WordPress developers to ensure that your WordPress website not only functions perfectly, but also manages to ward off potential attacks from hackers.