In the age of digital branding, WordPress is reveling in the increased demand for its user-friendly platform that supports a variety of websites from e-commerce to personal branding ventures.
WordPress boasts a diverse client-base from the individual web development nomad looking to utilize the digital space to market their unique skills to companies that run some of the most popular blogs on the web.
The decision to create a website is both exciting and terrifying. There will be laughs, tears, and lots of Google how-to searches. But it won’t be long before new website parents are caught up in the euphoria that comes with customizing their new baby to fit their vision.
But most WordPress users are not focused on how to create the most secure site. Instead, they’re either caught up in themes to make their blog look avant-garde or thinking about SEO-optimized content to drive organic search results.
Both of those things certainly matter, but the truth is users shouldn’t mitigate the need for security. While only accounting for a third of all website owners, WordPress is the source of over 90% of all hacking incidents on the web due to the low level of priority users place on the element of security.
Common Security Vulnerabilities Targeting WordPress Users
SQL Injection is one of the most over-utilized and common WordPress cyberattacks that spares no one. One ironic case of an SQL attack involved the network security company Barracuda Networks that fell privy to an injection targeting a vulnerability in their code. The hackers were able to find a vulnerable page that led them to the company’s primary database.
Think of an SQL injection as an aggressive truth serum. Hackers target servers that utilize SQL (structured query language) and bypass application security measures. This allows them to retrieve records from the SQL database, or otherwise modify or delete existing records.
A cross-scripting attack (XSS attack) is common in WordPress sites that underutilize proper security measures. The idea is to steal data from the user, mainly cookies. This is one of the more malicious attacks for unsuspecting users because it preys on the user’s identity.
However, users aren’t necessarily the only victims in this attack. The administrator of the site will also take a hard fall from potential economic losses and the loss of users’ trust. Cross-scripting attacks have more than tripled between 2016 and 2017.
Other prevalent attacks include command injection and file inclusion, where malicious information coupled with vulnerable servers leads to compromised sites. This spells doom to the site’s distraught owner and spreads distrust in its users who are unable to provide sensitive data.
Stop Idealizing the Plugins
One of the components that makes WordPress so user friendly is its wide availability of plugins. Shopping for the coolest plugin to jazz up your site is just as exciting as discovering a new app for your smartphone that promises
This article was written by Kyla and originally published on WPExplorer.