As internet acceptance is on a quick rise, cybercrime is at an all-time high. According to a report, Google blacklists around 10,000+ websites every day for malware, and more than 50,000 for phishing every week!
As a matter of fact, WordPress manages 34% of all websites worldwide, and this is the reason perhaps why it is always a key target for hackers and other cybercriminals.
Why do you ask?
Let us explain.
All a hacker needs to do is find a susceptibility, and this could serve as a gateway to access thousands of websites using the same loophole.
But it should not happen to you.
Here, in this article, we will talk about the widespread WordPress attacks and will explore the solutions that will keep your website secure.
Most Common WordPress Attacks
1. Plugin weaknesses
Plugins enhance the functionalities of a WordPress website on the go, and this is the reason why no webmaster thinks twice before connecting them on their website. This is where issues start to appear.
Getting attacked through plugins is widespread. There is an indefinite number of plugins available online by an array of developers. It is difficult to gauge the secret intentions of each of these plugins. This is how they make your website prone to attacks.
We realise that avoiding plugins altogether is not an option, but we will strongly recommend you install as few as possible. Further, if a plugin is not active, it is better to uninstall it. Also, do not forget to update your plugins from time to time to rule out any potential loopholes.
2. Brute Force
These attacks are normally initiated by bots who try to access your website through guesswork. They will try as many username and password sequences to log in to your website until they find the right one.
Quite obviously, choose your usernames and passwords thoroughly. Avoid going with common ones like – pas55word, a combination of your name and birth year and so on. These are uncomplicated and easy to guess, and by keeping such passwords, you are only favouring the hackers.
Additionally, you should also think about activating two-factor authentication to avoid any unforeseen events.
3. WordPress and Theme Exposures
As we already discussed, all that a hacker needs is one single malfunction in the WordPress and theme and they will exploit it to enter into your website.
Both the WordPress platform and WordPress themes roll out their updated versions from time to time. You guess it right – all you need to do is make the most out of these updates by updating your WordPress core and themes as soon as possible.
4. Hosting Vulnerabilities
Your web hosting is another critical factor that determines the security of your website. Your web hosting might make you vulnerable or the software that they use might not be secure enough.
It is strongly recommended to go with a secure and reputed web hosting solutions provider company. Check out their reviews, and performance before making a final verdict.
The Next Steps
Securing your website is not complex. Simply, keep doing the right things, and close all the backdoors. As the best practice, we will suggest you take backup of your website periodically to control the damage, just in case!
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If you have any concerns, questions or simply want to explore how to better secure your business, please do get in touch with the team for a FREE demonstration, consultation to explore how exposed your business might be and identify actions to take.
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