What Is A DDoS Attack And How Can I Prevent One?

2017 has been a bumpy ride so far for the Internet realm due to the seemingly infinite amount of attacks occurring on popular website platforms such as WordPress. The most common attacks this year have been Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks which have increased nearly 380% since last year at this time. DDoS attacks work to overwhelm your website’s bandwidth, eventually rendering it unresponsive and slow. In worst case scenarios, the entire site could crash. These attacks are carried out by botnets — which are hacked devices controlled by a third party to visit a particular website at the same time.

Who Is At Risk?

Although everyone with a website should be at risk for DDoS attacks, there are a few individuals in particular who should look to securing their website sooner rather than later. Those at risk include political figures, organizations, and sites that don’t have any security measures in place. Since WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world, many of these DDoS attacks target sites that don’t have any security plugins in place.

How to Prevent DDoS Attacks

The first line of defense for those with a WordPress site is to secure it. There are a number of different plugins to choose from, such as Incapsula, WordFence security, BulletProof, and All in One WP Security. Many of these plugins work the same way to prevent DDoS attacks. It’s also important that you keep your WordPress plugins up to date and that your website is running on the latest version of WordPress. Updating these features ensure that any bugs are fixed and the site is secure.
If you interested in learning more about securing your website or improving your online search results, contact Boston Web Marketing today!

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