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Why Your WordPress Site Is Never Really Secure

Update: On Monday, December 18, 2017, there was a massive distributed brute force attack targeting WordPress sites. The attack used a large number of attacking IPs where each IP generated a huge number of these attacks. It is the largest, most aggressive breach to date, with over 14.1 million brute force attempts per hour.


WordPress security solutions are mere bandaids, subject to more attacks in the future.

Attacks like these are why your Wordpress is never really secure. With more than 87 million sites worldwide, WordPress is the leading CMS of the internet. But being a leader in your space doesn't come without its pitfalls. WordPress's massive site structure has opened them up to many security threats since the software's 2003 launch.

Another severe hacking event shocked WP users in February 2017, when attackers penetrated 1.5 million sites thanks to a loophole within the WordPress REST API. The REST API was touted as a connector to enhance communication with other web programs, revolutionizing WP's own outdated API. A vulnerability in the REST API allowed hackers to infiltrate nearly 2 million sites — compromising up to 350,000 sites in one campaign alone.

The only way WordPress core developers can patch significant vulnerabilities within their software is to deploy patches in the form of product updates. WP has deployed 238 releases over the past 14 years, and many of them have been to fix security problems.

Still, many site developers disable the automatic update feature because it could impact their site's design and function. About 5% of WordPress sites are not updated with the latest, most secure version.

Securing your WordPress site is costly, too. Simply purchasing a WordPress site isn't enough to protect your data. Users have to buy WordPress security plugins and installs from third-party companies to not only protect their site, but stay updated on new vulnerabilities.

One of the primary reasons WordPress is open to security threats is because it operates as a decentralized CMS. That means each site — all 87M+ of them — has to be updated individually. So every time there is a security threat or a big fix, those updates are not completed on a set timeline. The time it takes for your site to be updated could be catastrophic.

RebelMouse is a centralized CMS, which means all of our updates are quickly deployed at once to every site we power. We often deploy multiple updates every day. Our proprietary technology is protected internally, making it nearly impossible for a hacker to crack.

Site security is one of the many reasons RebelMouse is the best CMS. Join us and reach a larger audience — safely.

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A Look Inside the Only Creative Agency Powered by Deep Technology

Strategic development of product that supports content distribution, conversion, and loyalty.

RebelMouse is a creative agency fueled by a publishing platform with deep technology. Our expertise is rooted in media and content marketing because there is no other team that understands distributive publishing better than we do. There is also no other CMS on the market today that provides content creators with the tools they need to unlock sustainable growth backed by sticky monetization methods. RebelMouse blends product and strategy together to move the needle where it matters most — organic traffic and user growth, conversion to loyalty, and revenue growth.

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Snag Instant Engagement With Dynamic Voting (Including Ads Integration!)

PAPER Magazine Puts Its "Break the Internet" Campaign to an Audience Vote.

With 2019 just around the corner, it's time to make a resolution to just say "no" to flat media. Creating quality content is no longer on marketers alone. We live in a universe of creators who are willing to not only consume content that resonates, but also participate in the creation of it. On our journey to create dynamic media that makes this type of content curation instinctive, we've designed a new feature that lets you create quizzes and surveys with a professional design that are easy to use and easy to monetize.

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Why Does RebelMouse Create Growth?

Understand what your content needs to create new reach and deepen loyalty.

After a shaky 2018, publishers are positioned to start the new year with less dependency on the platforms. But the chase to consistently create ROI from content is still somewhat unclear. According to Content Marketing Institute, one-third of B2C marketers and 42% of B2B marketers do not measure content growth, with many of them citing it's just not tangible enough to understand.

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Don’t Fire Your Content Team — Arm Them With the Tools They Need

You might have heard about the recent layoffs at Mic following one unsuccessful pivot after another. The story is familiar in the modern digital media landscape, so I won't give another recap on how the mindless pursuit of digital trends ended up backfiring for another media company. Instead, I want to focus on solutions, namely, one solution that's been right under our nose for years.

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New: Easily Remove Users + Transfer Content

We subscribe to the idea that we live in a universe filled with creators. With that said, not all creators are created equal, and sometimes they move on after a while. That's why we want to make sure our site administrators have complete control over who has access to their RebelMouse pages. We've launched a new user interface within our users dashboard that allows you to efficiently remove authors from your site. And during this process, you can also reallocate posts from one user to another in bulk. Here's a look at how it all works.

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