In today’s age of hacking, WordPress security has emerged as a serious concern. It is very important to keep your WordPress websites and blogs protected from all possibilities related to vulnerabilities in WordPress’ architecture. One should pay special emphasis to security aspects because it’s always better to protect it from outside enemies such as hackers and spammers with effective WordPress security tricks rather than getting affected.
Regardless all the goodness of WordPress CMS, we can’t deny the bitter truth of WordPress Security Threats that come along with a WordPress. In this post, we have discussed some of the major WordPress Security Threats that you should look for when running a website or blog on WordPress. By leveraging the WordPress’ extensibility, one can however fight against the loopholes of these WordPress security threats and minimize the possible intrusions.
Threat # 1 : Use Of Different Combinations For Login
Unfortunately, the default WordPress comes with unlimited login attempts through the login page. Various unauthorized users cleverly use different combinations of usernames and passwords to login to your website. The process of entering into a site in an unauthorized way is known as brute force login.
No worries! Now, you can protect your website from all unauthorized access by simply installing a WordPress plug-in “Limit Login Attempts” that allows you to limit the number of login attempts made by a user via normal login as well as auth cookies. By using this plug-in, you can block the login attempts of an internet address that making a brute-force attack.
Threat # 2 : Login Information Confirmation
One major issue with WordPress login form is that it automatically informs the form user about the errors made while filling login information. This open new possibilities for brute force login users. However, you can resolve this problem by simply inserting the below line of code into your WordPress theme’s functions.php file:
Threat # 3 : Universal Registration Open
WordPress driven websites and blogs come with an amazing feature of open registration, which allows any person from anywhere to register on your website. This feature brings you an opportunity of targeting a worldwide audience. To disable this feature, simply go to the Settings tab and then, the General settings where you need to uncheck the “anyone can register” checkbox. In this way, you can access the universal registration feature directly from your dashboard. To keep control over the site on vandalism terms, you can also restrict registration from the general settings.
Threat # 4 : Common WordPress Malware Issues
WordPress driven sites and blogs are vulnerable to the most common attacks of thousands of malware types and infections available on the Internet such as Backdoors, Drive-by downloads, Pharma hacks and Malicious redirects.
Let’s get started with backdoor first. It allows an attacker to gain access to the your information via abnormal methods such as FTP, SFTP, WP-ADMIN, etc. To prevent the website from backdoors, you need to start working at an entry point that is accessible to the hacker. By following the below steps you cab close backdoors :
1) Block IPs, Two-factor authentication and limited access by default are three effective ways to prevent access.
2) Kill PHP execution by adding the following to the .htaccess file
A drive-by download is another malware infection in WordPress usually embedded on your website through a script injection. It’s all about downloading a payload onto your user’s local machine, which further informs the user that the website s/he accessing is infected. To clean drive-by download, you need technical skill. You must have access to your server via SSH to find the issue.
Another most prevalent infections active out there in the WordPress community is Pharma hack which is actually categorized as SPAM — “stupid pointless annoying messages.” To remove Pharma hacks, you need to first and foremost identify the infected files, and remove them.
Most of the WordPress sites and blogs are vulnerable to the above discussed security threats. You can keep your website protected from any intrusion by simply installing security plugins, latest WordPress version and disabling universal registration.