Are You At Risk For A Data Breach?
The WordPress platform is the most popular content management system in the world, with over 60 million websites using it to power their sites. This makes WordPress sites a huge target for hackers. However, there’s good news: WordPress is open-source software, which means that anyone can view and modify its code. That helps make WordPress security more secure than closed-source systems like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop—but only if you know what to look out for! Here are some things that could put your site at risk and explain how to protect yourself from data breaches.
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Most people know that WordPress is open source, but few understand what that means
You may think that since WordPress is open source, it’s a great way to save money on hosting. But while it’s true that you won’t have to pay for the software itself, you still need to pay for hosting—and there are plenty of other costs associated with running a website. Additionally, not everyone has the time or expertise needed to secure their site properly.
In addition to being vulnerable because of its open-source nature, many websites run old versions of WordPress with known vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited by hackers if they manage to gain access to your server. If they do so successfully and steal your data or use it in any way against you (like spamming your customers), then all the work you did building up traffic and followers could be wiped out within minutes.
Open-source software is a great thing, but it’s not without its risks
Open-source software is wonderful, but it does have its risks. You may have heard of the Heartbleed bug that affected OpenSSL, or the Shellshock bug that affected Bash. These were both open-source vulnerabilities and they could have been avoided if there had been proper security measures in place before they went public.
Open-source software is a great thing because it’s free (or cheap) and allows people to develop new features and fix bugs. But many times these developers are not engineers with extensive experience in coding and security—they’re just enthusiasts who want to help out by contributing their own time and skills so that others can benefit as well. This makes it all the more important to do your own research about any open-source software you plan on incorporating into an app or website so you can check for potential risks firsthand!
The popularity of WordPress makes it a potentially bigger target than other open-source platforms
WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world. With over 64 million active websites, it has a larger user base than any other CMS and powers over 30% of all websites today. In fact, WordPress powers over 60% of all .com domains, making it one of the most commonly used web technologies on earth!
This makes WordPress a potentially bigger target than other open-source platforms—like Drupal and Joomla—because they have fewer installations compared to WordPress (they’re also less targeted by hackers).
An insecure WordPress plugin could expose all your data to hackers
An insecure WordPress plugin could expose all your data to hackers. Security is a huge concern for web users and it’s easy to understand why: when you have a website, you’re trusting that no one will access the information being hosted on it. If they do, they can steal all kinds of data, including credit card numbers and passwords that allow them access to even more sensitive information.
The best way to prevent this kind of breach is by keeping your plugins updated with the latest versions available. Also make sure that the plugin has been actively maintained—if not, it may be susceptible to malware attacks or other security issues. Lastly, look for reviews from other users who have used any given plugin before installing it on your site; these reviews can help ensure that everything works as intended.
You need to be especially aware of how you’re hosting your site
You need to choose a host that’s going to offer the security features you need, and it’s always a good idea to find one outside of the big names like GoDaddy or HostGator. Your best bet is likely going to be an independent business with a smaller customer base so they can give more personal attention. The key is finding someone who understands WordPress security (which is often surprisingly hard) and who can help keep your site safe while also providing all the other services you may want (like SSL certificates).
If possible, try not using shared hosting if at all possible. Many hosts will offer managed plans with extra protection but those are usually more expensive; if not managed then consider getting an independent server or VPS from somewhere like Liquid Web or Digital Ocean instead.
Hackers can use a single breach to take over multiple sites and launch attacks on other sites
If a hacker can breach your WordPress site, they can use that single breach to take over multiple sites. This means that if you are attacked, they may be able to gain access to other sites you own and launch attacks on them as well.
This is why it is important that you protect your WordPress site with a security plugin and keep it up-to-date with the latest version of WordPress.
A less obvious risk is the risk you pose to other sites if your own website is breached
The other risk that you should be aware of is the implications of your site being hacked. A less obvious risk is the risk you pose to other sites if your own website is breached.
If you have a vulnerable WordPress installation, and someone manages to find a way in, they can use it as an entry point into many more websites. In some cases, this could mean hackers will try to use your site as an attack point for launching attacks on other sites. This is called a botnet (also known as a zombie army).
Hackers are getting more sophisticated, so you need to be sure your protection strategies are keeping up with them
Hackers have gotten more sophisticated, which means you need to be sure your protection strategies are keeping up with them. But what does that mean? Hackers aren’t using the same old tricks they used in the past; they’re finding new ways to get into sites and steal data.
- Hacking phishing – When a hacker gets into your site and can’t access the information they want directly, they may try another method called “phishing.” Phishing involves sending emails that look like legitimate communication from a company you trust but actually contain code that allows hackers to gain access to your information.
- Be careful when clicking on links from unverified sources or messages with attachments; if you don’t know who sent it, don’t click on anything!
- Always check the sender’s email address when replying or opening an attachment (this is one way how hackers get around SPF / DKIM authentication). If it doesn’t match up with what was sent then delete it right away without opening any attachments!
Your WordPress site might not be as safe as you think
If you haven’t already, now is the time to make sure that your WordPress website is secure.
The reasons are many:
- You don’t want people stealing your data or selling it on the dark web.
- Your customers don’t want their information stolen either! They may be hesitant to work with you because they don’t trust that their sensitive information won’t end up in the hands of criminals.
- A breach can lead to fines from regulators like FINRA, who regulate financial transactions and broker-dealer firms. The penalty for a first offense can be as high as $1 million!
I hope that we’ve given you some food for thought and made you aware of the potential dangers of not having proper WordPress security. In today’s world, your website is one of the most important assets that you have, so it’s worth taking time to make sure it’s safe. I can’t overstate how important it is for you to keep up with the latest updates from WordPress and other sites that offer security advice.