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WordPress is a great product to help smaller businesses and individuals build a website quickly, but unfortunately in it’s standard form is incredibly prone to being hacked, especially when paired with a budget shared hosting option.

If you’re looking for a basic blog or business website it may be better to consider wordpress.com which covers the hosting and security for you for free.

If you’re going to tackle hosting WordPress yourself then make sure you’re using a reputable host, a VPS would be minimum and install security/monitoring/backup plugins.

Some great ones are:

Securi (for security/monitoring)
BulletProof (for security)
ManageWP (for backups and statistics)

The above is useless if you don’t set your folder/file permission correctly though.