hiding error reporting downside

Is there any downside to hiding the error reporting in defender?

  • Lindeni Mahlalela

    Hello cornelius_butler,

    Error reporting is a featured intended for developers to troubleshoot errors in the code of your website, this is recommended for a staging/test environment so that the developer will understand what plugins or files are causing issues.

    In a live website, if you have error reporting on, some attackers can use the errors reported by PHP to find loopholes and attack your website that is why Defender recommends hiding error reporting. It is recommended in a live site with or without defender.

    With that said, there is no downside in hiding error reporting but there are security benefits in doing so because the information displayed by error reporting most of the time that can appear in your front end pages available publicly and that will give attackers information as to which parts of your website are vulnerable and thus open doors to your website and make it an easy target.

    I hope that helps your question.

    I hope you enjoy your day.


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