WordPress Security Vulnerabilities and How to Avoid Them [Infographic]

WordPress-Security-Vulnerabilities-and-How-to-Avoid-Them-Infographic-700WordPress is a popular and widely used platform for blogging and website creation. It’s popularity, however, has made it a target for hackers and other cybercriminals.

Vulnerabilities are a part of hosting any website but luckily with proper preparation website owners won’t be caught unprepared. Here are two easy ways to reduce a WordPress site’s vulnerability.

Login Safety

Trying to force their way into an account through randomly guessing a site’s admin password is one of the first steps many cybercriminals take. Computer software can brute force into an account by trying hundreds of login attempts using common password combinations automatically.

There are two easy ways to prevent this. A plugin can be configured to limit login attempts. Thus making brute force methods far less practical. Additionally, the use of two-factor identification makes getting into an admin account far more complex.  As it requires not only a password but an automatically generated random code.

Not Updating Software

Software updates don’t just add new features they also patch out vulnerabilities. Many hacks are successful due to taking advantage of known vulnerabilities found in outdated or old software versions. WordPress sites can be attacked through outdated themes, outdated plugins, or not updating WordPress itself. Regular updates of these items keep a site secure by reducing know methods of attack and using the latest security features.

Thanks to our friends at iThemes for this great infographic.


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