An Infographic About the State of Security of WordPress Blogs and Websites

Last updated on April 12th, 2019 by Robert Abela. Filed under News

A recent WordPress security infographic shows that more than 170,000 WordPress sites were hacked in 2012. That is an increase of more than 18% when compared to the 144,000 hacked WordPress sites in 2011. Such an increase in WordPress hacking attacks clearly shows that WordPress blogs and websites are becoming a playground for malicious hackers and script kiddies.

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The WordPress security infographic includes tips you can follow to get started  with WordPress security. The infographic also recommends WordPress owners to monitor the logs and activity of their sites, files and web server. A good recommended plugin that allows you to monitor your WordPress users and anything else happening on your site is WordPress security plugin WP Activity Log. This WordPress security plugin also allows you to identify issues before they become a problem.

Quick Facts & Statistics from the WordPress Security infographic

  • 41% of hacked WordPress were hacked through a security vulnerability on their hosting platform
  • 29% were hacked via a security issue in the WordPress Theme they were using
  • 22% were hacked via a security issue in the WordPress Plugins they were using
  • 8% were hacked because they had a weak password.

From the above we can conclude that more than 51% of hacked WordPress sites were hacked via a vulnerability in the WordPress themes and plugins they were using.

Therefore before installing your next WordPress plugin check out our recommendations on evaluating WordPress plugins. And if you are a WordPress plugin or theme developer, it is recommended to do frequent WordPress theme and plugin security code audit.

Safety and Security of WordPress Blog Infographic

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abhinav devkar 28/07/2015

pls suggest me free security plugin

Robert Abela 08/08/2015

There are many good plugins available on the market though ideally you should go for a paid solution as it tends to be more robust. I cannot recommend any as I do not favour any vendor but I do recommend you to take a look at a good WordPress user monitoring plugin that allows you to keep an audit log of everything that is happening on your WordPress, that is a good start.

Shiju M 18/07/2020

WordPress is the leading CMS in the market, but many think that security threats are uncontrollable. The plugins are doing great job for protecting the site.

I want to know which security plugin you will suggest according to your experience.

Robert Abela 31/07/2020

Indeed Shiju. With the help of some plugins one can do a great job. However, there is no one plugin fits all. You need a suite of plugins, as we explain in Understanding the WordPress security ecosystem. It is a good read to everyone who is getting started with WordPress security and wants to learn more about the options that are available on the market.

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