By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Security is, and should be, a concern for every WordPress user. The overwhelming popularity of the WordPress platform makes it a high target for hackers and viruses. There are many steps you can take to increase your odds against being hacked through your WordPress website, such as security services, security-related plugins, and informing yourself of the potential threats that currently exist.

Here are a few resources that can help you increase your awareness of new and emerging vulnerabilities:

Sucuri Blog WordPress security experts provide valuable advice on security
and current vulnerabilities on this blog. Sucuri also provides
services to help WordPress users recognize when their WordPress
installation has been compromised by way of an online malware
scanner, as well as a dedicated plugin that helps detect security
flaws and the existence of malware and/or viruses in their
installation.
Secunia This is an online database of current web security threat
advisories that is kept current and up-to-date. You can browse
their list of current advisories or search for specific threats
using their convenient online search form.
National Vulnerability
Database
Here’s another online database of current web security
threats provided by the United States Government. NVD provides a
vulnerability search engine, a national checklist program,
protocols, dictionaries, and resource articles about current web
security vulnerabilities.
Exploit-DB This online archive of web exploits and software is currently
known to be vulnerable to exploitation from hackers and malicious
activity. Exploit-DB also contains an online database of known
exploits where you can read about them to understand them
better.
PacketStorm This WordPress-related security blog offers articles and
resources to inform you about current security threats and advice
on steps you can take to safeguard your WordPress installation from
hackers and malicious activity.
WPSecure.net This WordPress security website contains articles about
security information as it relates to the WordPress software.
WPSecure.net lists exploits and vulnerabilities that exist within
the WordPress software, as well as any found in plugins and themes
in the official WordPress directories. At WPSecure.net, you can
find articles and resources that range from basic security topics
to more advanced topics surrounding security and software
vulnerabilities.