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Secure Your Website Against Common WordPress Vulnerabilities

Expert Tips from WordPress Developers

 

Valued by some of the most established companies around the world, WordPress is the foundation for up to 30 percent of websites. Debuting in 2003, it is extremely simple to use and at the same time offers fantastic design flexibility. It’s not difficult to see why this software is a firm favorite web design foundation.

In spite of primarily being a content management system (CMS), WordPress can be accredited with more than just organizing blog posts. All website data can be managed by WordPress, meaning you can choose how images, text, and video content are displayed using this one nifty piece of software.

The downside is that, like practically everything else online, it is vulnerable to malicious cyber attack from hackers. So what steps can you take to keep your website safe?

Close Your Eyes and Grit Your Teeth!

It is in your business’ best interest to arm your website against content injection. Also known as SQL injection when it targets your back-end databases, this poses one of the largest risks to the WordPress environment. Content injection is when intruders do one of two things: Either they will add malicious data to your website, or they execute a harmful command. Both of which can occur without the intruder having full administrative access to your system.

Common attacks include the editing or deleting of existing posts – something which can compromise the reputation of your business. Failure to recognize and deal with this type of threat can leave companies vulnerable to blackmail and a host of other extortion schemes. The best way to arm your website against cyberattack from hackers is to regularly update your WordPress software.

Eyes Open, Perimeter Up!

This might sound like a no-brainer, but double and triple check your security measures. Start by checking your own hosting provider and the firewall measures currently in place. If you consider your website as a castle, the firewall is all the defensive attributes. The palace gates need to be higher, more archers are required, and the deeper the moat needs to be if you want to prevent invading armies from penetrating. A number of WordPress plugins will even allow you to customize your firewall settings, but make sure you contact your internet service provider to ensure your chosen settings will operate with their configuration.

Avoid Run-Ins With Bad Plugins

When it comes to WordPress plugins, you really are spoiled with choices. If anything, the market with saturated by them. So take the time to do some research and only use ones that are recommended by the official WordPress.org site. The harsh reality is that some of these plugins are specifically created for ill intent, so be careful.

To Wrap Up This WordPress Lark

Going through this rigorous security process, sometimes as often as every few weeks, may seem like an inconvenience, but consider the alternative. Should you fall victim to laziness or try to cut a few corners, your workload could quadruple – and that’s being conservative. The truth is, you really can’t be too careful in regards to your website security, and we at Accunity are always on hand to help you out.

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