Just wanted to share an experience I had recently.
We've had a blog up and running for several months now and everything was going swimmingly. Over the past month, I hadn't had much time to update and check postings but pressumed all was good. I did wonder why booking numbers had dropped but thought this was down to the market I work in (employment market). The blog is wordpress and is intergrated into a static html site.
Checked the site last week, only to discover the blog had been hacked !
I won't go into the specifics, but until now, I'd never thought about backing the blog up!!! My jaw dropped when I realised how open I had left my business and the risk I had exposed myself to. I very easily nearly lost everything.
So just wanted to remind other novices (like me) that without back-up's and additional security, you can lose all your hard work to random hackers. Don't just rely on WP passwords.
I also want to thank theRaptor for coming to my aid and just how useful SitePoint & members have been in helping in a situation like this. theRaptor has been ace and saved me.
Hope this helps others remember to update security and WP plug-ins.
Please add any of your own experiences or tips to help me and others like me improve site security.