WordPress security is like a ticking time bomb. You can never know when it’ll go off. Thousands of WordPress sites get hacked every day. It’s a serious issue that should be nipped in the bud before it blossoms into a menacing threat!
There are two major ways to protect your WordPress site: first, opt for a secure hosting service with a proven track record of following industry best practices. Second, beef up your site’s security with a dedicated third-party security service.
With WordPress security, Wordfence and Sucuri are two of the most popular options. They both come with a robust set of security features to keep your website safe. In many ways, they’re same same, but different.
Wordfence or Sucuri? If you’re wondering which of these two will be the right fit for your website, this article will help you decide decisively. I’ve used them both extensively to compare them 1-on-1 for various features, performance, pricing, and the total value they offer.
You can use this information to choose the most suitable option for you.
Sounds good? Let’s get started!
Intro to WordPress Security
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world. It’s so popular that it powers over 35% of the websites. And with great popularity comes great trouble!
WordPress is under constant threat by hackers. According to a report by GoDaddy Security, 90% of all the hacked CMS platforms in 2018 were WordPress sites. Google alone blacklists 10,000 websites every day for hosting and spreading malware, and these blacklisted sites can lose up to 95% of their organic traffic.
41% of hacked WordPress sites are because of vulnerabilities in the hosting platform. Hence, you can avoid a lot of trouble with a secure WordPress hosting platform from the get-go.
Even more astonishing is that 60% of small businesses shut within 6 months of a cyber attack. Since a vast majority of hacking attempts happen to small and medium businesses, securing your website is that much more critical.
How Hackers Breach WordPress Sites
Only 36.7% of the WordPress sites hacked were caused by outdated vulnerable versions of WordPress. The primary attack vectors for WordPress sites are its extensible components, namely plugins and themes.
This article was written by Salman Ravoof and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.