26 vile methods attacking your WordPress Security
Talking to customers regarding WordPress Security and what kind of defences their site might need, made us realise, that owners somehow totally imagine it wrong. There are no epic battles of gigantic beast going one versus another. There are no epic battles, where several armies collide in a single point of total destruction. Yes, those are impressive as movie animations, but the reality is far more simple, yet far scarier.
Wanting to do something bad against your website, in a specific moment is always (or mostly) a single individual. This individual uses technology and automation to against your website. So, a real-world equivalent attack would be the pinnacle of current battle technology: a submarine or a jet fighter. Why those two? Because they can carry a wide variety of arsenal suited for specific needs.
A near miss would be a repelled attack tentative, yet divulging critical information of defensive capabilities. A direct hit would be the equivalent of a defence penetration. If something significant blew up, then…there is always more damage to be done, forcing a more dangerous blow towards the remaining WordPress Security. Technological precisions, automated target selection with only two approaches. Either a relentless onslaught, as soon as defences are down or a patient hit-and-run, then try again with a different method.
According to Wordfence in addition to a report by WP WhiteSecurity, XSS, SQLI and File upload vulnerabilities are the most typically exploited security concerns. Poorly coded plugins are also the biggest offenders and account for 54% of these attacks, followed by the WordPress Core and WordPress Themes, respectively. From the same report: “73.2% of the most popular WordPress installations have vulnerabilities which can be detected using free automated tools.”
Custom solutions and tailor-made changes are separate but bigger issues. When writing code, it’s near impossible to not develop any security holes whatsoever. When hackers discover these vulnerabilities, they exploit them and you’re left with a compromised website. Focusing only on features, completely unaware of what holes have been bunched into your WordPress Security, creates an open-door policy for anybody capable of seeing that public invite.
There are likewise other methods a website might be susceptible, including human mistake such as utilizing passwords that are simple to think as well as insecure or undependable hosting. Lack of information also creates a false security sensation. Ignorance just feeds the unavoidable moment.
With all the above in mind, this is why it’s important to take your WordPress website’s security seriously. Luckily, there is information available publicly about these methods, and being informed is the first step towards building up your defences. I’ll begin with the essentials and get gradually advanced as you work your way through this short article.
These are the 26 most commonly used and vile methods attacking your WordPress Security:
Please note: this isn’t a total list of security vulnerabilities used against WordPress. They’re only the most common methods used, almost always through automated bots. Multiple vulnerabilities could also be exploited at the same time as well.