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22 September 2017

eCommerce

WordPress Security Risks You Should Know

WordPress Security Risks You Should  Know

When it comes to developing a website, many businesses prefer to use WordPress. It is a Content Management System (CMS) that facilitates even non-technical users to build a website. However, only a technical professional can add advanced functionalities to it that are necessary to run an online business. eCommerce businesses rely on technology to access global market.

Despite various benefits, there are certain risks involved with WordPress websites. You need to follow certain security measures in order to keep it away from the reach of unauthorised users. Let’s have a look at the major factors that can impact your data.

SQL Injection:

SQL injection is a major threat that is used by hackers to target the vulnerabilities present in a web application. They manipulate your database by inserting an SQL query. A hacker inserts the malicious code via an input field such as a search box. The entered term is processed by the database to fetch required content.

However, a hacker inserts SQL statements in the textbox to become administrator of your database, remove or transport entire data stored in your database or display sensitive information such as login IDs and passwords of your registered users.

WordPress Login:

The default name of a WordPress login page is wp-admin. Professional web developers modify the name and address of this webpage in order to enhance security of a website. However, businesses often avoid hiring a professional developer in order to save money. A novice web developer may be unaware of these security concerns. Your website and confidential data will be at risk if you don’t consider implementing safety procedures.

If hackers access your login page, they will use varying methods to log in. Once they get access to the dashboard, they can view and modify all information stored in your site database. They try to log in with the help of different combinations. Internet bots have further simplified the task as they run scripts to repeatedly perform specified tasks.

Malicious Plug-ins:

Web developers use plug-ins to add new features to a website. They either develop custom plug-ins according to the needs of a business or download the ones that are already available on internet. Often at times, they download it from an unreliable source, forgetting that the plug-in may contain malware. As a consequence, they lose their website to a hacker which affects the performance of the business.

Hackers also try to fool businesses by offering premium plug-ins for free. Their website gets hijacked when they install it. Install a plug-in only after ensuring that it is free from any harmful content.

Outdated Version:

WordPress is an open source application. Developers update it on a regular basis to introduce new features. Older versions of WordPress lack different security features. It is recommended for businesses to update WordPress files on a regular basis. Newly released versions address certain vulnerabilities and enhance the security of your website.

eCommerce businesses operate via their website. It is necessary to implement different security measures to ensure that they stay safe from hacking attempts.

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