What makes WordPress websites the favorite of hackers and bots?
Do you remember what happened when multiple WordPress websites were challenged by hackers in 2016? Almost 24 percent of the websites, worldwide, were left vulnerable to attacks from various sources. About 50 million websites were affected and users were warned against malicious activities on their websites in March 2016.
Who are these attackers?
Most commonly, there are three categories of attackers who carry on attacks on WordPress sites –
- Human beings: these are flesh-and-blood beings sitting behind keyboards manually attacking websites for sensitive consumer information. The levels of improvisation and sophistication are profound in case of human attackers. Most commonly targeted sites include those containing private third-party data. Websites containing financial data are also extremely prone to attacks by human hackers and these include bank websites as well.
- A bot: this is a software program that usually attacks a website for extracting a large quantity of information in an automated way. These are codes written by hackers that can trespass security firewalls and screen millions of websites within a very short period of time for extracting relevant and useful consumer information. While it can attack personal websites, systems and HDDs, a bot can also attack WordPress sites to shut it down completely for some time.
- A botnet: a group of software programs that are controlled and coordinated by a central server. They attack sites in an organized manner for extracting sensitive user information or spamvertising. Botnets are a collection of parallel running software programs that are vicious and extremely aggressive. They exploit plug-in vulnerabilities and security lapses to gain entry into a website and exploit user data.
Protecting yourself from security threats –
Multiple businesses trust Salesforce Git and similar services for collaborative features, seamless communication and bug tracking features, task managements and feature requests. This provides a platform for security updates and verifications that allows your security and marketing team to stay in touch, communicate and ship software updates at a faster rate. This provides a very necessary security layer for all website admins and managers.
The other most important point is to update security features and install security patches as soon as they are released. As of now, WordPress lacks an automated updating system that has left quite a few million websites vulnerable to hacker attacks. Here are the most common reasons most websites get hacked –
- 41% due to vulnerabilities in hosting platforms
- 29% due to insecure theme installation
- 22% due to vulnerable plug-ins without security updates
- 8% due to weak passwords
The most effective way to prevent your website from being the target of malicious hackers is to ensure than you have a high-quality hosting provider and regular backup plans. You should also add SALTs to wp-config.php before a bot finds your website lucrative due to the lack of encryption.
David Wicks is an expert in WordPress site hosting and security. He has worked in collaboration with Flosum.com to unearth the reasons behind increased security threats towards WordPress websites in the day.