Kathy Zant from the Wordfence security plugin for WordPress joins us in this episode of the LMScast podcast to discuss ways online course creators and membership site owners can secure their sites to protect from hacking. Chris and Kathy cover why security is important for WordPress and some strategies hackers are currently using.
Wordfence is a security plugin for WordPress. One of the key features of Wordfence is the firewall that is going to look at traffic coming to your site and analyze whether it is malicious activity, and can block that activity from coming to your site. The premium Wordfence security plugin also has a real-time blacklist that can help block traffic coming to your site that has been identified to be malicious on someone else’s site that is using Wordfence.
WordPress sites are a large target for hacking online, because so many sites online are built on WordPress. This means that hacking tools are more advanced with finding vulnerabilities in WordPress. Kathy speaks to the importance of updating your themes and plugins as that is one common way bots can get into your site.
There are many things that hackers can do with your site once it is broken into. It is common for hackers to place an affiliate cookie on your visitors’ browsers when they view your site, so when your visitors purchase a product from an online marketplace such as Amazon, the hacker makes some illegitimate commissions on the sale. With cryptocurrencies becoming more popular in the past few years, they can use your computer to help mine for cryptocurrencies without your permission.
The free Wordfence plugin walks you through how to get set up with making your site more secure and informs you if there are any malicious files currently on your site. If you want to learn more about WordPress security and Kathy Zant, be sure to head to https://www.wordfence.com/ and https://www.zant.com/ You can also connect with Kathy on Twitter at @KathyZant