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Top WordPress Security Vulnerabilities and Protection Recommendations
19 May 2022

What is Wordpress and why you should secure it

WordPress is a free website building tool that allows anyone to create their own web pages without any coding knowledge. WordPress has been downloaded over 70 million times and is used by millions of people around the world. However, this popularity comes at a cost. With no security measures in place, hackers can easily gain access to your WordPress account and steal your data.

To prevent this from happening, we recommend using a password manager like LastPass or 1Password. These services store your passwords securely and allow you to log into websites directly from your browser. They are easy to use and will help keep your information safe.

Top Three Wordpress Vulnerabilities

1. SQL Injection Vulnerability

SQL injection vulnerability occurs when a web application fails to properly sanitize user-supplied data before using it in an SQL query. This means that an attacker can inject their own commands into an otherwise harmless looking URL, which may lead to arbitrary code execution.

2. Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability

Cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability occurs when a web server accepts input from a client without first validating or encoding the data. An XSS attack could allow attackers to execute malicious scripts in the victim's browser, steal cookies, access sensitive information, redirect victims to malicious sites, or even modify the appearance of a page.

3. Local File Include Vulnerability

Local file include vulnerability occurs when a web app does not properly restrict what files are accessible via HTTP requests. A local file include vulnerability allows an attacker to upload any type of file to a vulnerable application, including executables, documents, images, etc.

How to secure your WordPress site

1. Use a strong password

Use a strong password that contains at least 8 characters, including numbers, letters, and special symbols. Avoid using dictionary words, names, birthdays, phone numbers, etc.

2. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA)

Enable 2FA on your WordPress account. This means that you need to enter a code sent via text message or email after logging into your WordPress dashboard. 3. Keep your plugins updated

Keep your plugins updated. If you are not sure if they are up to date, check their version number against the plugin’s official website. Also, make sure that you have the latest version of any theme installed on your site.

Protectumus provides Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) and Two Factor Authentication (2FA) solutions. Two Factor Authentication, known as 2FA, is an extra layer of protection used to ensure the security of online accounts beyond just a username and password.

3. Integrate a Web Application Firewall (WAF) and a PHP Antivirus

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Protectumus monitors the website uptime, speed, DNS changes, scans the website for malware like a traditional antivirus, blocks bad bots, custom IP's and countries. Protectumus acts as a Firewall. We are the only security company specialized in SEO Security, we offer unique SEO services such as Search engines Cloaking monitoring, Google DMCA Complaints, Blacklist monitoring & removal and more.

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