Category: WordPress Security Tutorials & Tips

How to Debug Common WordPress Issues

WordPress is a very stable CMS system and, in most cases, works without a hitch. Due to its versatility, however, in certain cases, an issue may pop up. This can happen for several reasons, which is why troubleshooting and debugging are very important. Fortunately, WordPress comes with an essential tool right out of the box that will make the task much easier.

This article takes a look at the WordPress debugging tool before looking at the most common issues that many WordPress administrators and website owners may encounter. We’ll then look at causes and fixes to help you get back up and running in no time at all.

Hardening MySQL for your WordPress site

WordPress, the most popular CMS, runs on MySQL, the most popular database out there. Spending some time to ensure your MySQL installation and WordPress database configuration installation is adequately hardened against common attack vectors can help you reduce risks. This is especially true if you are managing your MySQL server yourself.

Why You Need CAPTCHA on Your WordPress Website

You’re about to make an online purchase but all of a sudden you’re asked to decode a strangely twisted word, make a simple calculation, or identify which images presented include a bus. What just happened? What is this popup that looks like a cross between a game and a test – but that’s definitely wasting your time?

You were confronted with a CAPTCHA or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It’s a method used by website owners to identify human visitors and users, then enable logged in users to make purchases, view pages, or create accounts. It also works as a way to block bots and fraudulent users.

CISA’s list of bad practices that harm WordPress security

CISA, which stands for Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, is a US federal agency operating under the Department of Homeland Security. Established in 2018, it supersedes the NPPD – National Protection and Programs Directorate and is tasked with improving cybersecurity against attacks originating from both private and state-backed hackers.

The cost of a WordPress website security breach

A security breach can be expensive. Many studies and statistics put the average of a security breach in the millions of dollars. This figure, however, does not mean much without context. Indeed, it can be complicated to derive an average cost for a security breach.

A guide to hardening the web server of your WordPress website

Due to their function, web servers are different from many other devices in a typical network environment—they are not only exposed to the internet by design, but they likely serve web traffic to complete strangers.

Still experiencing spam with CAPTCHA on WordPress? Here’s what to do

CAPTCHA is one of the best tools WordPress administrators and website owners have at their disposal in their fight against spam, such as spam comments and fake user registrations. Just like every other tool, sometimes it needs to be sharpened and serviced.

How to stay safe online as a new WordPress administrator

As a new WordPress administrator, you undoubtedly have a lot to think about and do. After all, WordPress websites are as fun and exciting as they are demanding. Even so, one thing that many new administrators do not think about enough is safety and security.

Creating a WP 2FA tab within the WooCommerce My Account dashboard

If you’re running an online business using WooCommerce, ensuring your site’s security is of paramount importance. While security requires a 360-degree approach with continuous monitoring, improving, testing, and hardening, low-hanging fruit such as user 2FA authentication can protect you from security breaches due to weak passwords.

Using the WPScan plugin to find vulnerabilities in your WordPress website

Looking after the security of your WordPress website involves a lot of different tasks. One of the tasks is to make sure that the plugins, themes and WordPress version that you are using on your website do not have any known vulnerabilities.

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