Essentially, WordPress hacking and insecurity has been on the rise. The number of reported hacks is in the hundreds of thousands.
What about those that go unreported? Of course, you might be wondering why anyone would even want to hack your website. However, you should remember that most attacks are automated.
These days, hackers have created various bots before releasing them into the web to look for vulnerable websites, just like yours.
When hackers have thousands of sites in their control, they are able to use them for database scraping, mass email sending, and black hat SEO. To them, that’s pure gold.
So, before you start a blog it’s important to know that WordPress security is not automatic. Although WordPress is one of the most awesome platforms around, it does have its fair share of problems. As a user, you should take care of the most basic security and safety measures.
Proper Security Measures
So, how do you go about doing this? Here are some tips:
- Secure administrator account
- Use your editor account purely for content work
- Strengthen your WordPress password
- Limit your login attempts
- Secure your PC
- Automatically update your WordPress
- Update your plugins on a regular basis
- Backup your website/blog
- Only use legit web hosts
- Download themes and plugins from well-known sources
On the advanced level, you can do a number of things to further bolster WordPress security and safety. These include the following:
- Deleting plugins you do not use
- Reducing the total number of plugins you use
- Installing well known security plugin
- Protecting your website from brute force attacks
- Using CloudFlare
- Monitoring for Malware
- Performing theme checks
- Blocking trackbacks and pingbacks
Pros do more than just the above to ensure that their WordPress accounts, websites and blogs are safe and secure. They will, in most cases, do any or all of the following:
- Generating new security keys
- Changing the database prefix
- Using .HTACCESS protection
- Disabling XML-RPC
- Disabling all PHP error reports
- Tracking the WordPress dashboard
- Watching their Google Console
- Reading Sucuri
- Checking out all un-secure plugins
- Using SSL
So, how would you like to go about ensuring your WordPress security and safety? We are going to discuss the above points slowly but surely.