Most common WordPress attacks and how you secure your WordPress website.

According to W3Techs, a company which monitors web technology usage says, WordPress is about 30 percent of the worlds website on the web as such is a juicy target for hackers and other criminals. If they can find a vulnerability in WordPress they have the key to millions of sites. A vulnerability in popular WordPress plug-in is almost as tempting and even a plugin that is very popular might give an attacker access to thousands of sites. Part of keeping your WordPress site safe is understanding what the risks are and how you can secure your WordPress website against common sources of vulnerability.

Recently the WordPress security firm wordfence published the list of the most common ways that work besides were compromised. Let’s take a look at that list and what WordPress site owners can do to secure their WordPress website and make sure they don’t fall the victim.

  • Plug-in vulnerabilities

Plug-in vulnerabilities by far the biggest culprits is vulnerabilities in plugins. There are tens of thousands of plugins created by thousands of developers so it makes sense that plugins are the biggest risk. One way to protect your site from vulnerabilities in plugins is to install as few plugins as possible. The plug-in

ecosystem is the major reason people choose WordPress in the first place. So I don’t suggest you to avoid plug-in altogether but if you aren’t using the plug-in remove it. Consider if you need the functionality a plug-in provides keeping the number of plugins low reduces the surface area of trends. Next, just make sure to keep the plugins you used updated. Vulnerabilities are found and fixed all the time. Updates deliver the fixes, out of the plugins are an invitation to a compromise.

  • Brute-force attacks

Brute-force attacks are simply guesses. The attacker usually a bot will try as many username passwords combinations as possible until they find the right one. The fix here is very easy, don’t use passwords and usernames that can be guessed. Long complex passwords are impossible to guess passwords like “password” and “I love Justin” will be guest in fractions of a second. In addition to using secure passwords you should also consider installing two-factor authentication on your WordPress site and using a rate limiting tool that blocks IPs after too many failed login attempts.

  • Core and theme vulnerabilities

Core and theme vulnerabilities I am bundling this tool together because the mitigation is the same for each. Keep your site updated WordPress core is typically much more secure than the plug-in ecosystem and the vast majority of successful attacks rely on vulnerabilities that have been fixed in the most recent version. Keep your WordPress site up to date

sometimes the web hosting companies make mistakes or the software they rely on the Linux operating system for example contains vulnerabilities. The best way to avoid incompetent web hosting is to choose a web host with a good security reputation and the expertise to protect their clients. It doesn’t take a lot of work to make WordPress secure WordPress developers have created a strong foundation and with the investment of a little time and attention WordPress user can protect their sites and blogs from criminals. 

If you don’t want to be troubled researching and don’t have the luxury of time to do it, I can have help you secure your website.

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