WordPress blogs getting hacked is a topic we read about frequently. Well, such hacks happened across the internet, not just in WordPress. WordPress has a significant user base (65% of all internet users); hence these instances are commonly reported.
Let’s examine the causes of these occurrences.
Some website owners go for the cheapest hosting. These affordable hosting services don’t try to enforce security and deploy outdated hardware and software.
Always choose reliable hosting providers; if you can afford it, upgrade from shared hosting to a VPS.
Unfortunately, some people still use the most common and insecure passwords, like “password” or “123456.”
Always prefer a secure password with a combination of small and capital letters, numbers, and special characters. Also, try to use a two-factor authentication method, if possible.
The WordPress core should not be outdated. Hackers may take advantage of any bug or vulnerability in an old version and exploit it with SQL injections of Malware.
Themes and plugins should also be updated frequently, like the WordPress core. Themes and plugins for WordPress should always be updated as regularly as feasible.
Hackers may take advantage of typical admin user’s names (username) like “admin”, “admin123” etc. The ideal scenario would be to remove the default admin user and add fresh admin users with uncommon usernames.
This is one of the primary reasons why websites get hacked. These nulled or cracked themes and plugins usually include Malware. Typically, these are not updatable; therefore, no security fixes will ever be available.
Never use such plugins or themes.
Hackers target your website’s wp-admin folder. It would be best if you took action to safeguard it. Access should be restricted to a small number of people, and an extra degree of protection should be provided through “password protected folders”.
You should always use an SSL certificate on your website. Secure Sockets Layer, sometimes known as SSL, is a method of encrypting any data communication between your web server and the client.
Let’s encrypt offers for FREE; almost all hosting companies provide these certificates.
Firewall protection is another line of defense against hackers.
Web requests coming from different IP addresses, especially the bad ones, are monitored by firewalls. A firewall can recognize and reject requests that have previously been known to be malicious, denying hackers quick access to your website. Brute force, XSS, and SQL injection attacks can all be prevented by web application firewalls.
The WordPress team found certain weak spots and offered a list of 12 methods to make your website more secure.
Some examples of these are: