For people who depend on WordPress for their business development, this is something even more critical as they are the ones who are most susceptible to the attack. Right from malware and changed information to spam links, WordPress security threats are ever increasing. Here are three most damaging and hidden security threats that WordPress users face and the tips that can be used to avoid them.

Laced Theme Files and Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is the fact that you get so much for free and it would cost thousands of dollars to develop all the great themes and plugins that are available here. However, there are developers who have tampered with a number of themes and have also developed a great number of files and plugins which are laced with different kind of malware and spam links.

To reduce the risk of installing fake or laced themes or plugins, it is a good idea to update the WordPress version regularly and scanning and checking the theme or plugin with a good anti-virus program installed in your PC. Also, opting for paid themes from trusted developers is a better bet to reduce threats.

Brute Force Attacks

Contrary to what most users believe, the login dashboard that is used to enter your account is not the safest way to sign in. As a security-login isn’t allowed at WordPress and the same address is used for the login across URLs, there are a number of bot programs, also known as the ‘brute force’ programs which can easily get into your account. This happens through various attempts at trying different username and password combinations. It has been observed that successful brute attacks have been increasing constantly.

To make sure that your account doesn’t come under the scanner of such an attack, installing and activating the Limit Login Attempts plugin is the best option. This plugin offers you the ability to regulate the number of login attempts at a time and also the time duration for which the user will stay locked out if the attempts were unsuccessful. This is something that is a must for a WordPress user and will secure the account from such login-attacks. You can also block all the IP addresses that regularly try login attempts.

SQL Injection Attacks

This is something that is more technical and a general user with a daily blog account might not understand, which makes the user highly vulnerable to the attack. The web structure used by WordPress platforms is the one with server-side scripts and URL parameters to control MySQL databases, which increases the security threats. In simple language, the web structure used by WordPress is susceptible to attacks in which the hackers use malicious URL parameters and get access to sensitive databases. Once your information is leaked, it can be replaced with spam links and malware.

Making sure that there is an Apache-based web hosting being used and modifying your site’s .htaccess file or the configuration is the best way to protect your site from such attacks. This way you will be able control the behavior of your web hosting server. With constant updates and preventive measures, your WordPress account’s safety can be ensured.

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