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DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is the most common internet-based attack. We all about know that WordPress or any other software can be affected anytime from malicious DDoS attacks. Eventually, this attack can shut down websites and inaccessible to users. In this study, we will describe DDoS attacks and how to stop and prevent a DDoS attack on WordPress. Also how to manage your website security against a DDoS attack.

What is DDoS attack?

DDoS is a cyber-attack that compromised user computers and devices to send or request data from a WordPress hosting server. This type of attack is against any website or online application by using thousands of unique IP addresses. The objective of this attack is to slow down and crash the targeted server. This attack can be targeted towards both small and large websites. Using this attack, attackers take advantage of multiple compromised machines or servers spread across different regions.

How does a DDoS attack work?

The DDoS attack experiment to the boundaries of a web server, network, and application resources by sending spikes of fake traffic. Sometimes this attack identifies the vulnerable malicious request of search functions. Most of the time, DDoS attacks use zombie devices, which are called a botnet. Usually, these botnets compromised IoT devices, websites, and computers. When a DDoS attack is launched, first of all, the botnet will attack the target application resources and expend them. After completing the DDoS attack, it prevents users from accessing a website, shuts down, slows down, increases bounce rate, and finally, financial losses and performance issues.

Why do DDoS attacks happen?

There are some specific reasons behind the DDoS attacks. Below are some common issues of DDoS attacks.

  1. Technically savvy people who are just bored and find it adventurous
  2. People and groups trying to make a political point
  3. Groups targeting websites and services of a particular country or region
  4. Targeted attacks on a specific business or service provider to cause them monetary harm
  5. To blackmail and collect the ransom money

What damages can be caused by a DDoS attack?

DDoS attacks can make reduce website performance or inaccessible to users. This attack may cause a bad experience for the user, loss of business and the costs of mitigating the attack can be a huge number of amount.

  1. Loss of business due to inaccessibility of the website
  2. Cost of customer support to answer service disruption related queries
  3. Cost of mitigating attack by hiring security services or support
  4. The biggest cost is the bad user experience and brand reputation

How to stop and prevent DDoS attack on WordPress

It is difficult to deal with DDoS attacks because it is cleverly disguised. But there are some security practices to preventing this; using this, anyone can easily stop DDoS attacks from affecting your WordPress website.

Here we will describe some steps that prevent and stop DDoS attacks from your WordPress site.

Remove DDoS / brute force attack verticals

WordPress website grants third party plugins and tools that accommodate your website and add new features. There are several APIs available: third-party WordPress plugins and tools that services can interact with WordPress.

Those APIs can also be exploited during a DDoS attack by sending a large number of requests. So you can easily stop this attack by disabled plugins and tools.

Disable XML RPC in WordPress

XML-RPC access third-party plugins and tools that are used to interact with your WordPress website. XML-RPC allows using the WordPress app on your mobile device. Many users don’t use the mobile app. Disable the XML-RPC app by an edit by adding the following code to your website’s .htaccess file.

Disable REST API in WordPress

WordPress REST API allows third-party plugins and tools accessible to Website data, update content, and even delete it. If you are using a REST API plugin, then disable it. You can easily disable it by install and activate the Disable WP Rest API plugin.

Activate WAF (Website Application Firewall)

Disabling REST API and XML-RPC provides limited protection against DDoS attacks on your WordPress website. But still, your website may be attacked by DDoS. The best and easy way to stop DDoS is using a third-party DDoS protection solution like Cloudflare. But you need knowledge and experience to set the best firewall for your website. You don’t need a paid plan from Cloudflare for most DDoS attacks. The firewall rules need to be very effective in that case.

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Finding Out whether it’s a brute force or DDoS attack

Both brute force and DDoS attacks use server resources, and their symptoms are similar. Such as the website will get slower and may crash.

Keeping your WordPress website secure

WordPress is one of the most popular website builders because it offers powerful features and a secure codebase. The best thing about WordPress is that it is highly flexible; that’s why hackers often target it. There have many security practices that can apply to your website and make it more secure.

Please check 10 best security practices for WordPress website and How to secure WordPress website from hackers for more.