A zero-day exploit is a cyber attack targeting a software weakness. The attack occurs before it is known to the software vendor or to antivirus vendors. Attackers find the software vulnerability before developers have had a chance to fix it. Then the attacker quickly creates an exploit and uses it for an attack. Such attacks are highly successful because defenses are not in place. This makes zero-day attacks a severe security threat.
Threats often infiltrate the administration of websites, create redirects to nefarious websites, steal the data that has been shared by visitors and often include hard to identify backdoor trojans. However, you can position your website to halt intrusion or create a plan for quick repair of compromised software. Having a mitigation/repair plan for a WordPress Zero-Day Exploit and other hacks will maintain and reinforce trust with visitors and keep your reputation spotless.
Three Steps You Can Take to Prepare for WordPress Zero-Day Exploit
You can create a plan to prevent, detect, and mitigate website infiltration:
- Schedule a monthly website audit – Have your webmaster or administrator do an optical inspection of your website. Include website code scans & tests of all CTA’s and contact forms.
- Schedule monthly add-on/plugin updates – Add-on and plugins extend the functionality of your website. This software is often created by 3rd party companies that will update with new features and security.
- Set up daily, weekly, or monthly backups – Most hosting providers offer backup for an additional cost. However, these backups usually reside on the same server as your website and are therefore vulnerable to any hacks that gain root access to your website. We strongly recommend off-site backups for security purposes.
“On average 30,000 new websites are hacked every day.” (Source: Forbes)
Finally, having a plan will keep you prepared to fend off attacks. However, in the unfortunate event of being one of the unlucky website owners that are hacked, you’ll have a way to get your website back to normal in a few hours or less.
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