Protect your WordPress Blog from DDOS and Security Attacks
No matter what, you own a world class website or a simple blog – hackers and attackers will always be against you, trying to access your backend and modifying it according to their needs. Daily hundreds of top-level and thousands of other websites are attacked by the security-attackers. The reason for these attacks can be either personal gain or just even simple jealousy. These attacks are regular and that is the reason that you should regularly analyze the security parameters of your website. One of the most popular methods is a DDOS attack, but there are other methods hackers will use to try to either gain access to or shut-down your website in order to drive your loyal readers away.
One of the most popular methods of breaking the security of a website is a DDOS attack. DDOS attacks have harmed not just the small websites but almost all top websites of the world. DDOS isn’t the only way but there are also some other methods hackers use to gain access or shut-down your website.
This article is an overview of these attacks explaining how you can prepare yourself to handle any upcoming attacks.
What is a DDOS attack?
A very popular method among hackers to try and damage a website is to send a DDOS attack. A distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack will use multiple users (or bots) in order to try and access the site to such a degree that the server is overloaded and unable to serve users that actually wish to access the website or blog for its intended purpose. In this way the website is effectively shut down for a while. While websites can recover relatively easily from these sorts of disruptions, anyone noticing can see it as a lack of security and a major inconvenience and will just as likely blame you instead of the attacker.
In addition to protecting against such attacks, you will want to make sure your website isn’t compromised and then used in a DDOS attack as part of what is called a “botnet.” For this reason, you will need to update your security as often as possible and make sure your account isn’t compromised either.
How to defend your site from DDOS attacks?
There are ways for you to defend against this sort of problem, however. You will probably want to install security plugins for your website in order to protect it against a lot of these types of attacks. For a decent listing of the best WordPress security listings you might want to check out this website.
But the best way to make sure your website stands a DDoS attack is to use a hosting provider which has stable and highly-available servers. This does not mean you need to spend additional cost on hosting. For the same configuration, some hosting companies may host a large number of websites, thus reducing the availability of resources like RAM and CPU for your account. Just select your hosting wisely.
Finally, preparation is the key to really managing a DDOS attack. You are going to want to keep your IP address as secure as possible so that hackers cannot target you. You will also want to find out who you might need to call at your ISP in order to manage the problem. You will likely be troubled for a period of time, but know that eventually your attackers will quit and leave you alone.
Brute Force Attacks
What is a brute force attack?
Some attackers will try to use a “brute force” method to try and either shut you down or gain access to your blog.
How to protect your site against Brute Force Attacks?
There are a few things you can do in order to make sure that you don’t easily fall victim. You should first make sure that your username is not “admin” anywhere so that you will avoid the programs that assume that and start there. In addition to this, you are going to want to get a really strong password (you can find a great guide to making a good password here). You should also note that if someone out there is trying many login attempts per second to access your server or website, then the performance can suffer.
To prevent such an attack, you will likely want to get a plugin for your blog or website that will eventually use IP blocking after a certain number of attempts to get in. There are multiple ones out there so you will have to find one that is right for you but all of them will help keep your site running smoothly in addition to making sure that no one gets access to your administrative powers.
Attack through Public Networks and VPN Use
There are other ways that hackers might be able to attack you and get into your blog, some of them using trickery more than force. The best example of this would be a hacker waiting in a café or other place that that uses a public network that is relatively unprotected. What will happen is that they will wait for an unsuspecting user to login into the network and then use WordPress. The hacker will then intercept the username and password of the user and use that information to get in and cause problems.
In order to avoid this particular trap, you will probably want to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) because a VPN will protect your communications and privacy. It will set up a secure connection to an offsite server so that no one can read your communications and you can manage your blog in peace. Different users might have different needs, so you might want to take a look at some reviews online and figure out the right one for you.
Thank you for reading, and may you never have to deal with one of the attacks mentioned above and the unfortunate consequences.