I’ve been playing around with websites for quite a while, and my favorite DIY platform is wordpress, because of it’s simplicity.
I have noticed a huge increase recently though in hacking attempts. It seems that the number of bots trying to hack wordpress sites has gone way up. For example, I had several hundred unsuccessful users trying to log in as the user ‘admin’ last night.
What is the best way to deal with this?
Simple: Make sure you have a recent version of wordpress installed, and install the wordfence plugin. It’s free and immediately locks down your site against most script based attackers. refer to these instructions for details
Take a look at this review – they did a pretty good job summarizing it: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/wordfence-review-is-it-really-the-best-wordpress-security-plugin
I’ll add a followup article in the future to discuss additional tricks for locking down your site