Let’s talk about hacking….

Let’s talk about hacking….

Why not? Everyone’s doing it. We might as well talk about it.

So, if you’ve ever read any of my posts, you probably know that www.mikesmull.com was really just a place to build out new client sites, experiment with plugins and try out some new things in WordPress that I’d read about. I finally cleaned it up a bit and occasionally do a post or two. It’s been a bit since my last post but I really had to write something about hacking because, you guessed it, this site got hacked. And, all of those installs of WordPress that I had in subdirectories also got nailed. So here are a few things I’ve learned.

  1. WordPress is great. Great community. Lot’s of super cool plugins and just a lot of fun to work with.
  2. WordPress is very popular.
  3. It’s attacked often and relentlessly by hackers.
  4. Plugins, even the best ones, have vulnerabilities. (Gravity Forms caused my issue and it’s a favorite of mine!)
  5. Cleaning up the mess can be a real pain in the you know what.

This is important for web designers like myself and it’s very important for clients to understand and to have a plan in place in case this happens to their live sites. I’m currently using Backup Buddy for most WordPress sites and I’m experimenting with WordFence and a few other plugins. I’m also looking at a third party service called Securi.net. I’m in the testing phase so I can hopefully put together a good plan for all of my clients going forward. Unfortunately, I don’t think the hacking is going to stop so we have to do our best to keep it at bay.

What’s your anti-hacking plan? Have one that’s working well? Want to share? Give me a shout!