Must Have Wordfence Security Plugin
You will find many guru’s suggesting the best top 5 and must have WordPress plugins that you must have to make your site / blog work at its best. And I do agree that there are several you just got to have, however one thing you must consider is the protection of all that hard work that you put into that site.Just backing it up is not the be all to end all protection.
There are people out there that would love nothing more than to hack into your site.
You may be surprised to learn that your site is a target for hackers. After all, what could they possibly want with a site with no personal information on it such as account numbers and family secrets?
I mean why bother?
If you think that adding some protection to your site is a waste of time, you are wrong.
WordPress Security Vulnerabilities
Here are some of the things they would love to achieve according to the people at Wordfence:
“Aside from data, a compromised site’s visitors can be monetized in various malicious ways. The web server can be used to run malicious software and host content and the reputation of the domain name and IP address can be leveraged.”
In fact, Wordfence did a survey on those people who were hacked, and following is a top five list of what the hackers did:
Defaced site / took off line
Host Phishing page
There were also reports of malware insertion, and holding sites for ransom.
Get Security For Your Site
There are many security plugins available out there. I really am not trying to sell you on the one I am using, I’m just reporting on the one I use and am familiar with and why I use one.
Wordfence is a free plugin, with a premium buy in available.
A day does not go by without me receiving a message like this from Wordfence:
A user with IP address 126.96.36.199 has been locked out from the signing in or using the password recovery form for the following reason: Exceeded the maximum number of login failures which is: 5. The last username they tried to sign in with was: ‘wpadmin’
User IP: 188.8.131.52
User hostname: vps.agenciaspin.com
User location: Houston, United States
I’m just one of millions of internet users just trying to make a buck on line and there are those ‘hackers’ wanting to upset a tiny player like me.
It’s easy to use, with many options on how you want it set up. They will guide you through it.
Do yourself a favor if you had not done so already-look into some security plugin for your site and save yourself a ton of aggravation.