A Quick Guide to the Most Common WordPress Security Issues

A Quick Guide to the Most Common WordPress Security Issues

John Hewick

Setting up a new WordPress powered website? Then you will need to make sure that you are up to speed with the WordPress security issues that can arise. How secure your website is really all depends on how well you follow the WordPress security best practices.

WordPress is behind 25% of all website online and so security vulnerabilities are inevitable if not all users are careful. If a hacker can find their way into one site, chances are they can find their way into many. Don’t let one of those be yours!

Attacking Your Website with Brute Force

Although it may seem obvious, one the most common and simplest ways to breach WordPress security is to simply go in through the log in page! The trial and error method of repeatedly entering in different username and password combinations is defined as brute force. By default, WordPress does no limit your login attempts. This means that bots can attack your page using this method and even overload your system if they are unsuccessful. This can result in host suspending your account due to system overloads.

Exploiting File Inclusions

PHP code, the code that powers your website, plugins and themes, can also be exploited by hackers. When vulnerable code is used to load remote files, file inclusion exploits can happen and allow attackers access to your website. This is the most common way for hackers to breach WordPress security to access your wp-config.php file. This is one of the most important files you will find on your site.

SQL Injections

SQL injections directly breach data security as this is when a hacker accesses all your WordPress database and website data. When hackers enforce SQL injections, they can create a new admin-level user. Hackers can then use this new account to gain access in to your WordPress website. What’s more, they can also inject new data into your database which may lead to spam websites or include malicious links.

Malware Attacks

Malware is software that can be used to gain unauthorised access to a website. While there, hackers can then gather sensitive data. If you think that you have had malware inserted into your website files, make sure to check your recently changed files to see if you can find the culprit.

Cross-Site Scripting

Cross-site scripting can also be called XSS attacks and this type of WordPress security vulnerability is the most common to be found in plugins. Using this method, hackers can get you to load web pages that feature insecure java scripts. These scripts will then load without your knowledge and steal data from your browser.

Although WordPress security can be an issue, as long as you take precautions it does not have to be! Remember, it always important to also make sure that your website is running on the latest version as this will optimise your WordPress security.

John Hewick

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