WordPress makes up almost 30% of all the websites on world wide web. This huge percentage means almost every 3rd website is built on WordPress. Hence its not a surprise that huge number of attacks occur on WP websites every second, which makes WordPress security a critical subject for webmasters.
WordPress is not hack proof. Regardless of their size, WordPress sites are vulnerable to attacks. Recent studies have revealed that over 90,978 WordPress attacks happen each minute. With a huge number of hackers attempting to intrude WordPress websites on a regular basis, you may wonder if it is secure. Don’t worry. WordPress is essentially secure, yet, there’s a limitation.
WordPress has a security team working meticulously to counterbalance all vulnerabilities that may surface within the WordPress core. Core updates released on a regular basis are integrated with security patches. As per a report, over 2,450 vulnerabilities have been patched in no time since the initial release of WordPress. Talking about limitation of security, one must keep the WordPress core up-to-date so that all security patches are rolled out. Updates are easy to make and can be pushed either manually or automatically in only a few clicks.
What else can be done? Luckily, there are a number of ways you can protect your WordPress site. Here are some advanced techniques to tighten up your WordPress website’s security:
Install a Scanner
You need to install a computer virus scanner to keep malware and viruses away from your website. Make sure the software is capable of cleaning up all kinds of threats.
It is important to schedule regular virus scans of your computer. This will let you make sure the site is not accidentally infected.
Installing a computer firewall or enabling one (if included with your OS) will help you ensure maximum protection to your website.
Strictly avoid login to the admin dashboard. Make sure you do not access your WordPress website if you have done previously and still logged in through an internet café or public WiFi. According to expert freelance WordPress developers, such logins can make your credentials more vulnerable to getting tracked. Someone may possibly be watching you enter the login details. You should never log into WordPress through an unsecured network or internet connection.
It is important that you use a highly reputed and trusted hosting provider holding excellent reputation for reliability and security.
Do not settle for anything less than very strong passwords for your website. Also force your users to use only strong passwords. Try using Wordfence, a plugin that allows you to do so.
Deny users a permission to upload files to your website. Hackers may benefit from this privilege and upload malware.
Using FTPS (File Transfer Protocol Secure) instead of FTP which is not secure. FTPS will prevent your connection from being monitored or controlled. You may even use SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
Do not to allow admin access to all and sundry. Give access to ONLY those you know well and trust.
Check Security Issues
Strictly avoid using script’s themes or plugins with well-known security issues. Do away with these without delay alert the developer.
Testing is Important
You should test plugins, themes and scripts prior to installing or activating them on a live site. Try testing in a local staging environment prior to the installation.
You can prevent DDoS and DoS attacks by using a content delivery network (CDN). A CDN serves as a large distributed system of servers. These are arranged in multiple data centers across the World Wide Web. A CDN aims at serving content to end-users promising very high availability and performance.
Installing and forcing the use of an SSL certificate will work. SSL Certificates are small data files. These bind a cryptographic key digitally to details of an organization. Once installed, it will activate the https protocol as well as padlocks. It also promotes connection security from a web server to a browser.
Securing your WordPress site is essential and its certainly a goal of every webmaster, and by following the points described above, this goal can be achieved. Whether its a blog or an eCommerce store, securing the website and data is one of the most important tasks for webmasters. I hope this guide proves to be useful in this regard.