Improve WP Security: Disable PHP File Execution


(Ananova News, January 19, 2023.
Disabling PHP in specific writeable directories stops the PHP execution process. While it’s enabled with proper configuration in some directories. The hackers attempt to break the website by uploading backdoor access files or malware in the PHP code of WordPress files to gain access to the website. The.htaccess file can be used to disable PHP execution.
Insert the following code into the .htaccess file in a directory:

php_flag engine off
<Files *.php>
deny from all
<Files>

Technical experts always suggest keeping software (theme, plugins, third-party add-ons, and WordPress Core) updated and up-to-date with the latest fixes. Always use strong and unique logins and passwords to secure accounts. Hence, it is always suggested to have managed WordPress hosting, as the provider monitors website security, takes regular backups, and keeps them up.

Companies like WordPress.com have the expertise to protect hosted websites from cyber attacks, breaches, hacking, identity and access management (IAM), malware and vulnerabilities, and phishing. They take care of updating WordPress core, themes, plugins, and PHP, disabling external URL requests, and implementing SSL. They keep regular backups, which ensure business continuity. A secured website has a good online reputation, so businesses prioritise security. Every eCommerce store and business website needs protection against cyberattacks, malware, and viruses. Businesses want to protect data as well as sensitive information and thus want to ensure website functionality and online reputation. Hence, it asks for crucial security measures. Google penalises or blacklists malicious or phishing websites.

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