If you read the news about a recent WordPress hacker who targeted a massive number of WordPress blogs, relax. Chances are, yours wasn’t one of them.
What you should know is that there are two WordPresses.
There’s WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The former hosts blogs much like Blogger.com. The latter is a software that you download and install on your own server. If you installed WordPress on a server at your hosting company (Hostgator, BlueHost, SBM, etc.), then you weren’t targeted by this hacker. You have no worries.
However, that doesn’t mean your WordPress blog can’t be hacked. There are precautions you can take to prevent it from happening.
Matt Mullenweg, founder of both WordPress sites and chief developer of the software, said:
“Here’s what I would recommend: If you still use ‘admin’ as a username on your blog, change it, use a strong password,” wrote WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg on his blog.
That’s a great suggestion even if you downloaded WordPress and uploaded it to your server. The ‘admin’ account is a vulnerable account that hackers search for when trying to wreak their havoc. You should always delete it and create your own account with a unique username and password.
WordPress also has a few heightened security plug-ins you can try. There are too many to recommend here now, but know that you can increase your WordPress blog’s security in a number of ways.
If you’re worried that your WordPress blog might be vulnerable to attack, don’t panic. Contact a WordPress expert to help you increase your blog’s security. It doesn’t take long and it’s worth it for the peace of mind.