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The folks at WPSec recently published a post titled “Are WordPress Websites Really That Vulnerable?” It’s a common misconception that WordPress is an insecure platform because there are regular reports of vulnerabilities that can cause a website to be hacked or compromised, especially in the case of plugins that have lots of users.
These concerns primarily stem from the fact that it’s a hugely popular CMS, powering about 41 percent of all websites. This makes it a natural target for hackers.–WPSec
The reality is that WordPress websites *can* be vulnerable to attack, but if solid security practices are followed, the risk is pretty minimal. The post linked above outlines 5 common WordPress weaknesses and the simple solutions to them:
Outdated WordPress core: Make sure to install all security patches to prevent cyberattacks.
Outdated plugins or themes: Access the latest versions of other site components from their developers to fix security issues.
Weak admin passwords: Follow password best practices to protect against brute force attacks.
Nulled themes or plugins: Always pay for third-party plugins to make sure they’re legitimate.
Poor user role practices: Follow the Principle of Least Privilege so all your users have appropriate permissions.
This isn’t everything involved in WordPress security, but this list addresses the major issues pretty succinctly. If you’d like an overview of your website’s security, request a free security checkup. 👍