What If Your WordPress Gets Hacked? [Infographic]

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What if your WordPress gets hacked?

One of the quotes that fit best into this kind of situation is:

“Being too busy to worry about your backup is like being too busy driving a car to put on a seatbelt” 

Here are some statistics about the amount of hacked WordPress blogs from 2009 to 2012

  • 2009 – 81,000
  • 2010 – 98,000
  • 2011 – 144,000
  • 2012 – 170,000

As you might have seen, Google search is filled with people who are desperately looking for help…

So how do WordPress blogs get hacked?

  • 41% – You are using poor hosting company & your PC is infected with malware and/or viruses.
  • 29% – You are using themes that are outdated and/or downloaded from untrusted sources.
  • 22% – You have plugins that you no longer use, yet they still exist and are vulnerable.
  • 8% – Your blog has too weak username and/or password.

What if your wordpress gets hacked
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Why do WordPress blogs get hacked?

  • Hackers want to place links to your site, they want to get FREE traffic from your blog
  • They do it for FUN and for STATUS
  • They might want to get access to your personal data and files
  • There's also the possibility that they just want to eliminate you


How much time and money is needed to recover your hacked blog?

  • Approx. 1 day to figure out your blog is hacked
  • Approx. 1 day to fully understand what just happened and ask for help
  • Approx. 3 days to fully clean and restore your blog
  • At least $100 has to be spent on technical support
  • There's a 75% chance that you can get your blog up and running just like it was before the attack
  • … and what's most important: You will lose some of your visitors/readers


More and more WP blogs are getting hacked on a daily basis… What can YOU do to prevent it?

  1. Backup your blog regularly
  2. Keep your WordPress blog updated
  3. Avoid themes and plugins from untrusted sources
  4. Use well-established hosting companies
  5. Ensure your PC is free of viruses and spyware
  6. Use strong passwords and usernames, or use a password manager
  7. Install a security plugin(s)

Update: Since writing this post I have also added more information on how to secure WordPress. Have a look, it's worth it!


2 thoughts on “What If Your WordPress Gets Hacked? [Infographic]”

  1. Thanks for an interesting article.

    I shifted to self hosted WordPress back in Feb 13 and have found it an interesting experience. After doing lots of research one of the plugins I installed was Limit Login Attempts which has been fantastic. I basically get a daily email showing me how many IP addresses have been blocked, and I find I periodically have to re login after an attack has occurred using my username.

    I am happy to see that I have basically setup my blog using the seven tips at the end of your article which is very reassuring!

    1. Hi Pretraveller,

      I’m happy you found the infographic useful and it’s good to hear you’ve taken action and installed the plugins! It increases the level of security extensively.

      Feel free to send the infographic to your friends who also use self-hosted WordPress sites or blogs to make their life safer.

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