Someone published a post on my WordPress site?

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HubFans / n/a Points
2020-02-16 1:44 am EST
Last night someone posted a link post from my word press site. I have the default role set to subscriber but the box is ticked for anyone to register.

My hosting site has sitelock and protection and nothing is showing up as a vulnerability. Can you please tell me what I can check to find out how this one done and prevent it happening again.

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17,314 Points
2020-02-19 7:27 pm EST

Thanks for your question about publishing a post on your WordPress site. Your title states that a user published a post, but your description says, "someone posted a link post from my wordPress site." We're not 100% what you mean. User roles are defined by WordPress - they only have read access. So, unless something changed your roles, we're not sure what could be allowing your users to publish a post. It's possible that your site is hacked through a plugin or through a file that is vulnerable on your site. We would need more details in order to investigate the issue in more depth. If you want to handle it privately (and securely), we do recommend that you speak with our live technical support team for further assistance.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Kindest Regards,
Arnel C.

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2023-06-06 2:24 am EST
Review site logs for any suspicious activity or access attempts.
Check user accounts for unauthorized or unfamiliar ones and delete them.
Keep WordPress, themes, and plugins up to date to patch vulnerabilities.
Disable user registration if not needed.
Install security plugins like Wordfence or Sucuri.
Enforce strong passwords for all user accounts.
Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for added security.
Verify file permissions (folders: 755, files: 644).
Monitor for suspicious activity with a security system.
Regularly back up your website.
Consider consulting a WordPress security professional if needed.

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