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CT urges WordPress users to check their website’s security


CT account managers have recently seen a spike in the number of customers experiencing attacks on their WordPress-based websites due to vulnerabilities in the software.

If your website is powered by WordPress, here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your software is up-to-date and configured correctly to prevent attacks.

WordPress is one of the most common content management systems (CMS) in use and around 17% of all websites on the internet are powered by it.

However, as WordPress’ popularity has grown, so have the issues surrounding its security and safety.

Some of the most common ways that hackers get into a website to infect it with a virus, install malware or ransomware, or steal data include deciphering easy-to-crack passwords, using automated programmes which crawl websites looking for vulnerabilities, users approving comments that are not relevant to the site or its content, which often contain URLs to other sites which contain hidden viruses, ‘contact us’ forms going to the script in the site for processing, and websites displaying only the plain HTML+ JavaScript pages.

It’s important to stress that if you are self-hosting your website on an unmanaged VPS, the

site’s owners and the core developers of WordPress are responsible for the security of the system.

In order to keep your security tight, you should ensure you update your WordPress software regularly to the latest version that is released, back-up your data regularly, report any bugs you may experience to WordPress security, don’t install any free themes that are not WordPress-approved, use strong passwords for all the entry points and use only trusted plug-ins.

You should take a look the WordPress Hardening (Hyperlink) page for more in-depth advice about how you can make your site as safe and secure as it can be.

You should also run a free security scan of your site at https://wpscans.com, which will identify any issues which need fixing.  

Get in touch with the team at CT today!

 

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