Web Security

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According to Google latest stats, over 20k websites are hacked every week and over 30% of them are made in WordPress
It’s better to prevent an attack than to spend a lot of money and time to recover your data after an attack not to mention the situation when your clients’ data are stollen.

WordPress Hacking

We all know, WordPress is the most popular platform. Because of sheer volume and the number of WordPress websites online, it’s the most hacked CMS on the web. That’s one of many reasons why it’s so important to learn to keep your site secure.

But even if you have basic security implemented on your website, people with malicious intent can still find access points through numerous tricks and loopholes in your website’s code.

Every time a software package gets updated, it does so in the midst of a wave of excitement. You are excited because, hey, new features! Hackers are excited because Security and Maintenance Release notes. This is because, unfortunately, each WP update brings along with it a number of WordPress security vulnerabilities.

WP releases are no different. With every new update, we get additional features and upgrades, along with a page listing the security flaws in the previous version and their fixes. That page is practically a cheat-sheet for hackers everywhere. Should you fail to update in time, those flaws will be the bane of your existence. And if your site gets hacked, it will be no-one’s fault but your own.

 

Strong Passwords

Many WordPress websites are hacked because hackers find a way to discover the website credentials, which is called brute force attacks. The risks of suffering from brute force attacks significantly decrease when you use strong passwords.

Creating complex and difficult passwords is a great way to prevent this from occurring. Multiple services and applications require a username and password , for example, wp-admin logins, databases, FTP/sFTP, etc. It can be daunting to even think of how to remember dozens of passwords without either writing them down or using the same password across the board (neither of which is recommended).

Fortunately, you can use a password manager to store and encrypt passwords safely. Though there are several, one password manager we recommend is LastPass.

I use LastPass and find it brilliant for password ideas and generating and filling them for you and remembering.

Vulnerabilities

Did you know that by 2013, an approximate 41% of websites were hacked through server vulnerabilities?

This rather alarming fact is true because a majority of websites/blogs are hosted on shared servers.Basically, if one site on a shared server gets infected, every other site is at risk, regardless of how secure the site/blog is otherwise. You’ll get hacked through no fault of your own.

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