While planning to install the WordPress CMS on your website, it’s important for you to have a complete idea of different malware infections that target WordPress websites on a larger scale. As a website owner you often believe that hackers, spammers or phisherman will hack your login credentials to gain access to the website. But gone such days, the intruders or spammers have become advanced and started creating small scripts that can be easily injected into the website through different means such as comments or any redirecting links.
Malware is malicious software that can infect several hundreds of sites when visitors reaching your website will catch the bug. If your website gets infected with malware, it’s pretty hard to revoke it back and your site will be even listed among the 1000’s of blacklists website present on the internet. The malware can have a great effect on the business and creates negative impression among your trustworthy customers.
To combat with the malware infections, Google initiated a program that keeps track of the malware and this program stands as one of the major additions to Google Webmaster tools. With all major updates made to security concerns, the term malware is now simply used to refer a website that is compromised or the website will redirect the visitors to another crook website.
Mostly your websites will be compromised through an insecure connection and the other possible way that your website gets affected with malware is through hosting service that you select. Hackers can easily enter into your website through security holes associated with your cPanel account or the Plesk control panel account. The website can be hacked even if an employee of your company steals your WordPress account details.
Reset all your Existing Passwords – at regular intervals, all the passwords of your WordPress admin, web hosting control panel must be changed every month.
Update Regularly – if you have purchased and downloaded the theme from any theme developer, make sure that you check the regular updates.
Delete Outdated Items – As a site user you must always delete the unused plugins that are pre-installed on your website. In case, if the plugin hasn’t been updated for 12 – 18 months, then make sure that you remove such kind of plugins from the repository.
Limit Access – you must be careful while sharing passwords with the other users who post content to your website and have the complete list of admins who hold admin rights for your website.
Signup with Google Webmaster Tools – you have to register with the Google Webmaster Tools as they keep track of the malware or other viruses reaching your website. The malware detected will be notified through an email.