Category: wordpress security

WordPress security & hardening, the definitive guide

WordPress is massively popular. Around every one in five sites on the Internet uses WordPress in some form. Be that to run a humble blog, or a multi-site Content Management System (CMS) or eCommerce site. As a result, it is no surprise that WordPress websites are a very popular target for both experienced hackers and […]

Hacking WordPress websites & stealing WordPress passwords

A detailed explanation of how attackers use Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) to hack WordPress websites and login credentials. This article is for educational purposes only. Like any other web application with a login form, WordPress submits your username and password in an HTTP request when logging in. By default, HTTP is not an encrypted protocol. That means […]

The 5 best WordPress security plugins for complete site security

Your WordPress site’s security should be one of your top concerns as a webmaster. However, there’s no such thing as a ‘set and forget’ approach with security. In actual fact, your security arrangements should form part of a never-ending process. You need to continually harden, monitor, improve, and test your WordPress security arrangements. When it […]

Statistics highlight the biggest source of WordPress vulnerabilities

WordPress vulnerabilities statistics show that the main source of WordPress vulnerabilities are in WordPress plugins. These vulnerabilities statistics also show how important it is to always run the latest version of WordPress core, plugins and themes.

How to use WordPress user roles for improved WordPress security

Learn more about WordPress user roles and what capabilities users have when assigned to a specific WordPress user role. With WordPress user roles, the WordPress owner can have control of what the users can and cannot do on the WordPress installation.

WordPress file permissions: the guide to configuring secure website & web server permissions

WordPress can pretty much run on any operating system that runs PHP. However, the vast majority of WordPress websites run on Linux. Therefore it is important that you understand Linux file permissions. It is crucial to get file permissions right. Setting incorrect file permissions can open your website up for attack. Incorrect file permissions can […]

WordPress Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): what is it & using it on your site

The security of your WordPress website depends on the systems you put in place to protect it and harden its security. With the sharp increase of automated password guessing, your users’ sensitive information and access to your site are more at risk than ever. This is why it’s so important to protect your WordPress site […]

Penetration testing for WordPress websites

WordPress powers a lot of websites on the Internet. So it’s no surprise that seasoned attackers and “script-kiddies” like to target WordPress websites. Whether you’re a webmaster, or a security professional, when tasked with assessing the security posture of a WordPress website, it tends to help to be aware of common security pitfalls attackers typically […]

Using WPScan to find WordPress vulnerabilities on your website

WPScan is a black box WordPress Security Scanner written in Ruby. Ideal for penetration testers, security professionals and WordPress administrators WPScan can find security weaknesses within a WordPress blog or website.

Top reasons why WordPress websites get hacked (and how you can stop it)

Hacking is the process of finding flaws in a system, and exploiting them to bypass security controls. ‘Ethical’ hackers use this process to learn about a system and find its weaknesses. However, malicious or ‘black hat’ hacking is also common. It is often used to break into websites. There are a lot of reasons why […]