How to Prevent Being Hacked by the Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability in WP Super Cache

The popular WordPress plugin WP Super Cache has been found to have a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in versions prior to 1.4.4. On sites with outdated versions, it is possible for an attacker to take complete control of the WordPress site. Please note: this vulnerability only affects users which have installed WP Super Cache. However, if you are unsure if you use the plugin or not you should still take precautions to protect your site.

Thankfully, this is vulnerability is simple to address; version 1.4.4, available now, contains a patch.

This tutorial is very similar to our tutorial on updating any WordPress plugin: How To Update a WordPress Plugin

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How to Update a WordPress Plugin

Step 1: Login to WordPress as Administrator

Hopefully, you’re already well-versed in logging into your WordPress site as an administrator!

Step 2: Access Updates

If there is an update for a plugin or a theme, then you’ll likely have a number in the top bar and next to Updates as shown below (the number 5). Click on Updates!

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Step 3: Select All the Plugins

Check the box for Select All:

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Step 4: Update the Plugins

Click on Update Plugins:

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And at the end of the update process you should receive something similar to, All updates have been completed.

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How to Completely Disable Automatic Background Updates for WordPress

The following process works with all WordPress versions after version 3.7. Alas, turning off Automatic Background Updates is strongly discouraged.

Again, turning off Automatic Background Updates is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. Doing so means that WordPress will not automatically update whenever a new minor release or updated translation files are available. Perhaps try adding automatic updating for WordPress Core instead: Enabling Automatic Background Updates for WordPressCore

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How to Disable Automatic Background Updates for WordPress Core

The following process works with all WordPress versions after version 3.7. There are several other options for disabling automatic background updates for WordPress including but not limited to: utilizing Jetpack with WordPress.com and utilizing WordPress plugins.

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How to Enable Automatic Background Updates for WordPress Core

The following process works with all WordPress versions after version 3.7. There are several other options for enabling automatic background updates for WordPress including but not limited to: utilizing Jetpack with WordPress.com and utilizing WordPress plugins.

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How to Install WordPress in cPanel / WHM with Softaculous

WordPress is a very popular option for running a website or blog and can be used to get your content online quickly. This guide will walk you through installing the WordPress server software via cPanel / WHM and Softaculous. Liquid Web makes WordPress hosting easy and painless, for every level of customer, especially since all of our managed plans are backed by our 24/7/365 Heroic Support®.

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  • These instructions are intended for installing WordPress in cPanel / WHM with Softaculous.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web cPanel / WHM CentOS 6.6 server, and I’ll be logged into my cPanel account.

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How to Configure Your Liquid Web VPN

Liquid Web offers a free Virtual Private Network (VPN) user with every account. A VPN uses encryption to secure your computer’s connection to the Internet and guarantees that all of the data you’re sending and receiving to the Liquid Web network is secured from any potential prying third parties.

Be security-minded.

A VPN will secure and encrypt inherently insecure communications (such as HTTP, FTP, SMTP, etc.) to the Liquid Web network, even while using an untrusted public network.

Who uses a VPN? People just like you.

The Professional: Whether working from a permanent home office, or simply getting a few important projects done from home, a VPN will provide secure access to files stored on your dedicated server.

Remote Developers: Do you have a fleet of remote WordPress, Joomla, PHP, Drupal, or other developers that need secure access to your hosting infrastructure? If so, a VPN is not only perfect, but should be required.

The World Traveler: Working on your top secret startup from abroad? Or perhaps uploading photos from your most recent adventure? Prevent snooping by using a VPN.

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Ensure Your Electronic Payments are PCI DSS Compliant

If you process credit cards on a website, your site needs to be in compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. (This is abbreviated as PCI DSS, and even more often referred to simply as PCI.) PCI compliance certifies that your organization takes all necessary steps to protect sensitive customer data and provides a set of standards for your infrastructure and server setup. While Liquid Web does not offer full PCI compliance certification, we do offer a separate service that scans your server to see that PCI DSS requirements are met, a great tool during the compliance process.

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WordPress Tutorial 4: Recommended WordPress Plugins

This is part 4 in an ongoing series on WordPress. Please see Part 1: WordPress Tutorial 1: Installation Setup and Part 2: WordPress Tutorial 2: Terminology and Part 3: WordPress Tutorial 3: How to Install a New Plugin, Theme, or Widget.

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Now that you have WordPress installed, understand the interface, and know how to install new parts, let’s take a look at our recommended plugins.
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WordPress Tutorial 3: How to Install a New Plugin, Theme, or Widget

This is part 3 in an ongoing series on WordPress. Please see Part 1: WordPress Tutorial 1: Installation Setup and Part 2: WordPress Tutorial 2: Terminology and Part 4: WordPress Tutorial 4: Recommended WordPress Plugins. Please note that this guide is primarily intended for customers utilizing a Linux server running cPanel. If you do not have a Linux server with cPanel please see the documentation at wordpress.org for further assistance.

The three most common changes you will make to your website involve the look (themes), the functionality (plugins), and modular elements (widgets).
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