I don’t want to scare you but if your WordPress blog is breached the result could be devastating to you in the form of lost content, lost revenue and even loss of your identity information; so I want you to be aware of all these reasons why you should backup your WordPress blog, and even better, protect it against attempts by anyone to gain access to it.
Anyone getting into your WordPress blog without your permission can delete anything that is there, can replace it with something else, redirect it and in fact access every single file in that WordPress site; and sometimes other websites on the same server. That is why it’s really important to keep people out and backup your site just in case something goes wrong.
Something that is very easy to do if someone gets into your WordPress blog is delete it. There is in fact a plugin called Bulk Delete that can delete all plugins within that blog, kind of a scary thought; But if you keep your blog backed up, then no one can really hurt you, even if you just use your backup tool once per week or even once per month.
Let’s say in a worst case scenario you back up your site on a Monday, and someone gets into your site and deletes it on a Friday, at least you have only lost the past five days of content. You haven’t lost the past two years, or more.
What is even scarier is that someone who gets into your WordPress site might replace it with something else. Many terrorists, religious and activist groups have in fact used hackers to gain entrance to weakly protected WordPress sites and replace it with their own images and content. What also could happen is someone might set up your site to redirect to a new site, or display some ads which are alien to you but serve their own purposes.
Even worse, if your site gets flagged as an attack site, or a problem site other people will not be able to see it. An illegal redirect of your WordPress site is something that, if it ever happens, will result in a manner such that when you load your WordPress site and it seems to be redirecting to some far off place on the internet, you will know that it might have been hacked into and is a problem which you should investigate as soon as possible, if not immediately.
One of the scariest things about someone illegally gaining access to your WordPress site is, they will probably be able to get access to all files in your site using the file manager plugin in WordPress. And even if you don’t have this file plugin installed, they can easily install it from the WordPress dashboard. And depending on how your server is configured, they might be able to see every single website and account on that server. Kind of a scary thought, don’t you think?
If someone gets into your WordPress blog, it’s not just about them changing content or redirecting to a new place, they now can see all your files, all your blogs, all your videos, all of your information and more. And all this is a reason for you to lock down WordPress. Use a hard to guess password and be very careful about where you log into your blog from. And above all, backup your site! You never know the worst might happen, but when your site is backed up you are protected and you can still get your stuff back.