Oh no! Brute Force Amplification Attacks Against WordPress

Do you have any idea what that means? Either do I.

Do you care? Do you not want to know? Do you never even want to hear about these things?

Password Guessing Brute Force Attacks. Sounds scary ... because it is!

Password Guessing Brute Force Attacks. Sounds scary … because it is!

I don’t.

I don’t want to hear about these things, I don’t want to care about them, I just want them to go away.

So what do you do, dear WordPress site owner, what do you do? There are a few options.

Looking to handle WordPress security? Here are three options.

  1. DIY: stay on top of things, learn what things like “brute force attacks” mean and what you can do about them, then do them. If I use my favorite house analogy, this would be you doing everything: bars on the windows, good lighting, and then when you did get robbed, file the insurance papers and take photos.
  2. Hire Sucuri: Sucuri is a fantastic WordPress security service that will first clean your infected site, but then install a plugin that helps prevent future attacks. Then, if you are hacked again, they’ll clean it up (again). This would be like signing up for a home security service. You put up signs, they’ll come if the alarm goes off, etc. 
  3. Host with WP Engine: when you host with a good Managed WordPress Hosting like WP Engine, (that link will get you the first two months free), you won’t have to hire Sucuri because your hosting is so secure that it’s not necessary. WP Engine is mostly likely faster than your current host and it’s almost certainly more secure. With the house analogy, this is a gated community. They don’t even let the bad guys past the front gates. Oh, and if they do get in? They’ll take care of it.

What sounds best to you?

If you’re still curious about what “Brute Force Amplification Attacks Against WordPress” means and think it’s a geeky kick to tinker and configure and protect your site, go for it (and then sell your services on Elance!). But if that sounds about as fun


About the Author:

I've done the big corporate thing. I've done the creative writer thing. Now I'm happily in the middle. I like to help small businesses who are interested in "working their website before their website works them." I'm also interested in creating beautiful sites with powerful WordPress themes. Google+


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