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January 16, 2021
What is the most common way hackers infiltrate your site?

Cybercrime has been on the rise in recent years, as more and more sites fall victim to attacks that could have been prevented. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that more than 50% of all attacks occur via one means. Hackers continually exploit one weak avenue that many sites seem to hold, and that could easily be prevented.

Cybercrime has been on the rise in recent years, as more and more sites fall victim to attacks that could have been prevented. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that more than 50% of all attacks occur via one means. Hackers continually exploit one weak avenue that many sites seem to hold, and that could easily be prevented.


How are they gaining entry?

The most common means that hackers are using to access numerous sites a day is via plugins. Plugins are a very common addition to every Wordpress site, and the fact of the matter is that site owners are failing to make them secure enough. There are close to 50,000 plugins available for download, offering endless possibilities to customise and make your site unique. But this flexibility comes at a cost if you are not prepared to properly secure them against hacks. 


How to prevent against an attack

There are a few very simple steps you can take to help secure your plugins and prevent future attacks.


1. Update them

If you are using plugins from respected developers, then as soon as a potential vulnerability in the plugin arises, they will patch it. By regularly updating all of your plugins, you make full use of these patches to prevent threats you’re not even aware of.


2. Use popular plugins

If you start using plugins that seem abandoned and haven’t been updated in a very long time, then it is best to steer clear. It means that those developing it are no longer active and are failing to properly perform regular patches over potential threats. 


3. Limit your number of plugins

As mentioned, plugins are great and they allow for so much customisation, but that doesn't mean you need endless amounts of them installed. Having too many plugins makes it harder to keep track of all of them. Despite regular updates, you will fail to spot those which are no longer being managed and threats arise without you knowing. Instead, select a certain amount of must-have plugins and keep a good eye on them. 


By following these three simple steps, you should be able to prevent a large number of potential cyber attacks on your Wordpress site. There are of course other ways that hackers can access your site, and many of these require more complex steps to combat and reduce the level of threat. If you would like to properly lock down your site, then we offer a number of maintenance plans to help keep your site updated and keep hackers out.


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