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WordPress’ popularity leads to more attacks, so beef up security measures

The overarching popularity of WordPress as a content management system can have a downside for website owners, if they’re not prepared. It’s attacked by cyber criminals more than any other CMS.

WordPress sites are attacked 24.1% more times than websites using rival content management systems, according to a report by internet security firm Imperva. The researchers said they believed that WordPress’ popularity was the main reason it’s being targeted so often by users.

Imperva’s annual Web Application Attack Report said that due to the widespread use of WordPress as a platform, hackers realised they would get a large return on investment from hacking it. So they put a strong emphasis on researching any vulnerabilities and finding ways to exploit them in order to get access to data and other information.

Among the report’s other findings were that attacks on websites running all kinds of content management systems, not just WordPress, are now 44% longer than a year ago, and that retail websites were the subject of nearly half of all attack campaigns (48.1%).

To protect your WordPress site, there are a number of things you can do to ensure security is as tight as possible. As many attacks come by way of plug-ins in WordPress, it’s vital that any you’ve installed are kept up to date. That’s because any security issues that have been detected in them may well be resolved with patches in updates.

The backdoor to your website is the WordPress admin area, and you certainly don’t want to leave it unlocked, for all manner of elements to come parading through. It’s important that you limit access to the admin area to key people only. Also, have a small number of incorrect logins before someone is blocked, thus helping to stop people from trying to guess the username and password.

If you’re running a WordPress site and are not sure about any vulnerabilities that may exist, it’s a good idea to get some professional advice before anything does go drastically wrong. You may well not be the subject of a cyber attack, but it’s best not to take the chance. Talk to a WordPress developer today and get the right advice.


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