WordPress is a tool that bloggers initially used, but it has become a popular website builder and is used by many website owners and companies over the years. It has proven itself to be an excellent content managing platform. Its popularity is attributed to the ease with which it can be used to create different kinds of websites suitable for various businesses.
Increased popularity has led to a larger surface area for hackers and attackers to breach WordPress websites and their data. This makes it essential to ensure that your sites are equipped with high security to safeguard your data and your client’s data. Better security will eventually lead to better performance and a better turnout overall.
WordPress websites had always remained an easy target for hackers. If you don’t cover all the loopholes of your blog, then the chances of being hacked by a professional hacker is always there. I’ve seen this situation happen to very professional bloggers, so don’t think that it can’t happen to you.
Usually, a hacker is looking for vulnerable installations of WordPress using different tools. When it finds a vulnerable site, he/she exploit the vulnerability to access the blog and insert links to various ill-reputed sites. This technique is an effort to use your blog to increase those sites’ Google PageRank scores (Nowadays, it’s called Domain Authority and Page Authority).
This in-depth WordPress security guide is divided into six main portions.
Types of Security Risks
The attacks from which to defend your WordPress installations are different in nature but not of the same severity. Let’s see the most common:
- Bruteforce login attempts: BruteForce is a common technique that aims to log in on the WordPress platform to take data and administration capabilities. It is not easy to create an attack, but now the possibility of using low-cost resources has increased the possibility that brute force is chosen to access our blog.
- SPAM in the comments: One of the most common attacks for blogs that do not use any protection technique, the bots enter thousands of comments in the post at a time without leaving the admin time to remove them, thus creating confusion and failures the WordPress platform.
- Vulnerability of old versions and plugins: to have installed an older version of WordPress can be the best way to be attacked; many bugs are now known and have many exploits available for use. Same for the recently updated plugins representing a possible security flaw with time.
- SQL injection: although reduced compared to the past, this attack method is the most dangerous. The entry form can provide access to sensitive information and may allow the modification of database information.
For these types of attacks, there are specific solutions to be implemented through
This article was written by Editorial Staff and originally published on WPArena.