Having your website hacked is something that a lot of us don’t think about enough when running a website. For many it is one of the worst things that can happen to a business in the online world. We store almost all of our data online now, which means it is accessible to anyone who stumbles across it.
Because of this, cyber attacks have grown in popularity over the past decade or so. Cyber attacks are used to steal data, target competitors or even promote acts of terror. These attacks can cost your business and can set you back considerably.
At Digital Storm, we go through a process when developing our client’s websites that ensures their business gets the best WordPress security protection we can offer.
Common WordPress Exploits
Brute Force Attack
A Brute Force Attack is one of the most common tactics in gaining access to a website. In this type of attack, the hacker is simply guessing your login details until they figure it out. Normally, the hacker will have a script or multiple scripts running which will continue to guess the password until it gains entry.
This type of attack is used on elements of your website. For example, you may have a search function on your website. When a visitor uses the search bar on your website the website requests data to a database. A hacker can use certain words and terms to request data like account information or email addresses if your search function is not secure.
Cross Site Scripting
Cross Site Scripting or XSS in its acronym is where a hacker places malicious files or code on to your website. For example, a hacker finds a way to place his code in your websites header file. XSS is often found to be used to create back doors in to a website which essentially creates a login for the hacker. This attack can be used to send spam email to registered users. Cross Site Scripting is considered the most dangerous as it opens up unlimited possibilities for the hacker.
So, what are the best ways to protect your WordPress website?
One of the most common types of attacks involves guessing login credentials. Now, it might sound silly but it can be very successful. With the growing use of technology, hackers now use programs to guess usernames and passwords. Insecure passwords increase the chances the program will eventually guess your login.
Firewalls & Security
You may know that firewalls are used on computers to stop malicious hackers gaining access. This is also a huge part of your website. Firewalls and security software can stop hackers gaining access to your website by locking your files down. At Digital Storm, we provide, every website we host, with professional security software which helps ensure your website stays safe online.
WordPress is continuously improving its security and so are third party plugins you may use on your website. It is essential that you check your website as least every week to make sure your website is up to date. We recommend updating WordPress immediately if a new version comes out. If you do not update WordPress, holes in its security can be exploited by hackers to gain access to your website.
As you can see, there are lots of ways in which you can keep your website secure. There is also a lot more that goes in to keeping your website safe at Digital Storm. Security is one of the most important aspects of running your website. It’s important to be aware of the dangers.
Written by Liam Geary