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Category Archive: WordPress Security

Getting the Most From Wordfence Premium

This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on April 18, 2018 by Kathy Zant   7 Replies

If your WordPress site matters, upgrading to Wordfence Premium gives you the best protection available. And at $99 per year, it is incredibly affordable. Once you've made this great investment, there are a few things you can do to optimize your site's security....read more

Is WordPress Secure?

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on April 3, 2018 by Mark Maunder   31 Replies

I recently got a call from a friend I haven't seen for a while asking me if I'd like to grab a coffee. He had a few questions about whether WordPress is secure. I'm always looking for an excuse to visit the hip Georgetown neighborhood just south of Seattle, so I jumped at the chance. Plus Chris is an all-round awesome guy who works for a well-known social media startup, so I wanted an update!...read more

PSA: Lessons From The Atlanta Ransomware Situation

This entry was posted in Learning, Wordfence, WordPress Security on March 27, 2018 by Mark Maunder   11 Replies

In the past few days the City of Atlanta has been hit with a ransomware attack. Several major computer systems that provide city services have been encrypted by an attacker. The attacker is demanding $51,000 worth of bitcoin to decrypt the systems, and the city has not yet ruled out paying the ransom. The attack occurred five days ago, and as of this writing, the systems remain inaccessible....read more

Ask Wordfence: Why Is an Insignificant Site Like Mine Being Attacked?

This entry was posted in Ask Wordfence, WordPress Security on March 14, 2018 by Dan Moen   9 Replies

This question came in from Keith, a Premium Wordfence customer. We've dealt with this question a few times in different ways on the blog, but pulling it all together sounds like a great post. Let’s dive in!...read more

PSA: Replace Your SSL/TLS Certs by Symantec, Thawte, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust and RapidSSL

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on March 12, 2018 by Mark Maunder   28 Replies

This is a public service announcement and a reminder to site owners. Google's Chrome browser has already started the process of ending support for Symantec SSL/TLS certificates. This includes companies owned by Symantec including Thawte, Verisign, Equifax, GeoTrust and RapidSSL....read more

New Guides From Wordfence To Help Clean a Hacked Website

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on March 8, 2018 by Mark Maunder   7 Replies

At Wordfence, one of our goals is to empower you as much as possible to be self-sufficient, at no additional cost. To do that, we provide Wordfence as a free security plugin. Over the years we have also developed a comprehensive WordPress Security Learning Center that provides readers with a complete understanding of WordPress Security and how to run a secure website. We have also published a number of articles explaining how to recover from a hack, should that worst-case scenario ever arise....read more

New Feature Protects Against Password Leak Attacks

This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on March 1, 2018 by Brad Haas   9 Replies

To better protect our users' websites, we work with a lot of data from sources like our Security Services Team and the Wordfence network. We try to understand not just what attackers are doing, but also how and why. Our research into a recent campaign revealed an interesting method of attack, and contributed to the development of a new feature....read more

Cryptomining Supply Chain Attack Hits Government Websites

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on February 11, 2018 by Mark Maunder   17 Replies

In the past 24 hours, Security researcher Scott Helme discovered that a third party accessibility plugin called 'Browsealoud' had their servers compromised. The plugin relies on a website including Javascript in their content in order to work. This compromise resulted in over 4,000 websites serving up cryptomining malware....read more

Service Vulnerabilities: 3 Hosting Companies Fix NFS Permissions Problem

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on February 8, 2018 by Brad Haas   37 Replies

In mid-December we updated our Vulnerability Disclosure Policy to include Service Vulnerabilities. A service vulnerability is any issue with a technology service that represents an exploitable security risk for its users. We made this update in response to a growing trend of security issues we've been discovering in commercial services, most often WordPress hosting providers....read more

WordPress Update Breaks Future Auto-Updates. Manually Update Now!

This entry was posted in WordPress Security on February 8, 2018 by Mark Maunder   49 Replies

[Update at 10:50am PST: Based on the comments we've received below, it sounds like this problem only affects certain sites.  We have received several reports of successful updates, although some of these may be the hosting provider updating WordPress installs manually. Overall this looks like good news for the WordPress team who reported this as a severe bug. If you have been impacted by this, let us know in the comments.]...read more

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