10-Step Guide To Using Wordpress Software including Creating First Website!
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If you’re wondering why anyone would want to hack your WordPress website, you’re not alone. Read this guide to find out why your site is being targeted, and better yet, what you can do to protect it!
WordPress powers a quarter of all websites in the world. That translates to millions of websites. With WordPress being open-source software, developers, users, and hackers alike can view the entire code that makes the platform what it is.
This makes it relatively easy for hackers to find vulnerable areas on a WordPress website.
In older movies, hackers are often portrayed as individuals sitting in front of a computer trying to get access to a website. There are still individual hackers that do this today, but often they target high-value websites so they can hold them for ransom.
More often than not, bots and botnets attack WordPress websites looking for vulnerabilities so they can take over and use the site or the server where it’s hosted to spam other websites.
Bots are programs written by hackers. They scan WordPress sites looking for known security holes. Botnets, on the other hand, are a network of bot-infected machines that try to hack into a huge number of sites.
Sounds scary, right? Since bots aren’t slow like us humans, they can infect a large number of sites very quickly.
This is why it’s extremely important to update your core WordPress software, your themes, and your plugins. Because if a bot gets to your site first before you update, then your site is as good as compromised!
First, they’ll infect your site, and then they’ll use it as part of their botnet or bot-network to launch massive attacks on even more websites!
I hope you now understand why even your new WordPress website is not immune to attacks. It’s not because the hackers hold a grudge against you, it’s nothing personal really.
They don’t know you, but they want to use your website and your resources to run their malicious and illegal activities.