The Most Common Security Mistakes that can Ruin Your WordPress Site

Posted: October 29, 2013 in Articles
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Wordpress VulnerabilityWordPress has gotten some negative publicity for being a target for hackers. While no site is totally impenetrable, quite a few computer hackers simply aim at easy targets.

Your WordPress site becomes an easy target when you neglect updates or use site management techniques that make your site inviting. Your home is not impenetrable, but you don’t go out and leave the doors unlocked or leave the windows open. Sure, someone can still break in when it is locked, but thieves are generally in a hurry and want an easy target.

Same with your website, therefore knowing the most common WordPress security mistakes will greatly decrease the odds of your site being hacked.

The Most Common Mistakes Made by WordPress Site Owners.

Update! Update! Update! It may be quite annoying to get an update alert when you’re busy doing updates on your web content so that your readers don’t bail on you for another blog or site.

It’s so easy to just click to ignore them. But that’s what makes it easy for hackers to become your site’s favorite visitor. Every time you update your site’s platform, it’s like getting another booster shot to keep you immune to a nasty disease.

New platform carry newer security features. Furthermore, the constant changing of platforms makes it tougher for hackers to learn the weak spots of your sites platform, which keeps it safer. Your blog site’s themes and any active plug-ins should also be updated frequently.

Most bloggers ignore this task, and eventually, they pay the price. Hackers will keep up on the lasts updates of plug ins and themes as its their business, but the less time they have to practice, the better off every blog owner who updates will be. Don’t download unsafe themes or plugins.

Check with WordPress if you’re thinking of downloading new themes or plug-ins and read their latest security reviews before making choices.

Security Mistakes

The Hacker’s Toolbox.

Every WordPress blogger should be familiar with these three things as they are the tools of the hacker’s trade.

- DoS or “Denial of Service”. A coding mistake can leave the door wide open to hackers who’d love to shut down your site for whatever reason. Operating systems only let so much of a computer’s memory be consumed to run an application, and if the application suddenly calls for more, which can be triggered by accessing the bad code, the system will deny service to the site.

- SQL Injection. If you fail to encapsulate user names and pass words, it’s like leaving the door unlocked. You see how easy it is to read the code on many sites; so it’s easy for a hacker to find these mistakes. Once a hacker sees this, it’s as if you have not only left the door of the house unlocked, you’ve left it wide open with a sign that says “come in”.

- CSRF. This stands for Cross Site Request Forgery. If the site is vulnerable enough to enter, a hacker can imbed a URI into the code that will connect to a different user on a malicious website that can dope data, send false data and so on as it establishes the malicious source as a legitimate user.

Best Practices make it hard For Hackers by updating platforms and plug-ins and deleting unused ones. Choose good passwords and use Better WP Security plug-ins and Better WP Plug-ins; they’re free and bolster security.

Hypertext Access, or. htaccess, is effective in helping control the directory of code, but experts say having coding knowledge is needed before plugging in .htaccess. Experts still disagree on the effectiveness of CDNs, or content delivery networks that filer data.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by Issa Asad, an expert in the telecommunications industry who learned about WordPress security the hard way. You can read more from him on his blog and ask him any questions on Facebook.

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