There are many Content Management systems, but WordPress emerges as the most popular, powering over a third of all websites in the world. It also enjoys the largest market share of over 60% as of April 2021.
Unfortunately, WordPress is subject to security vulnerabilities. In fact, out of all the CMS-powered sites hacked in 2018 alone, 90% were using WordPress as the host. An attack on your site is devastating and leads to wastage of resources, and if you use WordPress, there is a need to be aware of the threats your website may face.
Four WordPress security issues you should know
1. Unauthorized Logins
These security issues occur through brute-force login, where an attacker attempts billions of potential usernames and passwords within a short time using a bot. If the attack is successful, the attacker logs into your website and access protected information. Having a strong password is a great way to cushion your site from unauthorized logins. But even when the brute-force login is unsuccessful, the numerous login attempts affect your server and slow your site.
Malware is a general term referring to any malicious software. Attackers may inject malware into your legitimate website files to collect sensitive data, perform unauthorized login or cause general damage. You can cushion your site from malware by vetting any plugin or theme you install and perform security scans regularly to detect any potential malware on your site.
3. Outdated Themes and Plugins
Most website owners prefer WordPress for its many customizing options. There are numerous plugins and themes developed and available to use in customizing your site. However, outdated themes and plugins can increase your site’s vulnerability to security risks. It is thus critical to install updates automatically using a plugin or manually whenever they are available.
In phishing attacks, the hacker releases numerous spammy links and compromises information when one clicks on them. Your WordPress site might become vulnerable to phishing attacks through out-of-date software, plugins, or themes. To protect your site from phishing practices, you need to use secure passwords, perform regular updates and download extra security measures such as ReCAPTCHA, which protects your site against spammy bots.
Protect Your Site Today
A secure and effective website maintains your authority, reputation and saves you from expenses you would incur in case of an attack. But protecting your WordPress website is an ongoing process that requires continuous attention as new tricks and tools emerge in cyberspace.
Proof Digital is a reliable partner and provides you with daily security updates and backups and continuous uptime monitoring. Reach out today and secure your site.