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What are the Different Types of WordPress Vulnerabilities?

A vulnerability is defined as “the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically, or emotionally.” Of course, you’re not actually being physically attacked, and no one is hurling insults at you when dealing with a vulnerability on your WordPress site, but it can feel that way as everything is going horribly, horribly wrong.

What are some WordPress Vulnerabilities?

We’re not going into too much detail here, as there is simply too much to cover in one article. We’ll follow up in later articles, where we’ll focus more on individual vulnerabilities. Now, without further ado, here are some types of WordPress vulnerabilities.

What can a Vulnerability do to Your Site?

In a worst case scenario, a vulnerability can render your site unusable. Your site will slow down, and it will become difficult to navigate. As a result, the bounce rate will increase because users are dealing with a frustrating experience on your site. In addition, your data, and user data is at risk of being accessed.

Solutions to Keep Your Site Safe

There are a few avenues when protecting your WordPress site. Remember though, that WordPress is still a secure CMS. Protections help minimize your risk. Nothing is ever perfect, but taking a few steps and precautions minimize your WordPress site from being open to vulnerabilities.

Finding a good host is one of the biggest steps you can take to keep your site safe. At Curious Minds, we recommend WPEngine. We find their service is superior in comparison to other hosts, and our clients notice an immediate, positive result.

Using difficult passwords and non-obvious usernames help protect your site. Your dog’s name might be easier for you to remember, but it’s much easier to guess when someone is attempting to access your information.

Keeping your website updated with the latest version of WordPress, themes, and plugins also keep it safe from vulnerabilities. Another option that ties into keeping your site updated is to acquire a WordPress maintenance plan subscription. A maintenance plan places all of that work into a trusted developer’s hands, and out of yours, leaving you with peace of mind, and the time to focus on building and strengthening your business.

To reiterate, WordPress is a trusted, and highly respected CMS. But as with everything, regular upkeep and maintenance keep vulnerabilities from harming your site, and keep you worrying.

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