SQL Injection - Database Vulnerability

What is it?

SQL injection is an extremely damaging attack in which hackers will attempt to access information stored in your database, such as customer data or user IDs and passwords. SQL is the language used by the majority of databases. Most SQL Injection (SQLi) attacks occur on MySQL databases frequently used by applications like Joomla! and WordPress. Attackers exploit SQLi vulnerabilities by inserting malicious SQL commands onto your website through open fields like insecure contact forms. These commands can be used to gain unauthorized access to your database in order to steal credit card information, customer data, or delete and modify content.

What is the impact?

This type of attack can be devastating for a website. SQLi attacks can result in data theft, vandalized websites, or the insertion of unauthorized administrators -- allowing cybercriminals to launch prolonged attacks on the victimized site.

How does SiteLock protect me?

The SiteLock SQLi scan analyzes your website for possible SQL Injection vulnerabilities, or places on your site where attackers could inject malicious commands. If any vulnerabilities are detected, you will be notified via email. The SiteLock Expert Services team is available to assist with remediating these vulnerabilities.

What can I do about it?

Taking a proactive approach to website security by keeping website applications and their themes and plugins updated is an important first step to preventing SQL Injection attacks. It is also important to carefully consider all third-party plugins on your site to ensure they are necessary to the features and functionality of the site. Additionally, it is recommended to use a website scanning service that includes SQL injection scans, such as SiteLock Find, Fix, or Prevent plans.

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