How do you secure your WordPress site?
WordPress is the most widely used content management system in the world. It’s also popular with hackers. It’s possible to protect your website from hackers. These are some helpful tips.
Make sure to keep your WordPress implementation up-to-date
It is painful to see how many hackers exploit known vulnerabilities that have a fix. Although updating can be time-consuming, it is likely to be much easier than having your site blocked by search engines (as a malware threat). You will need to not only get your site unblocked but also return to your old position in the search engines’ rankings.
Use caution when installing themes or plugins
WordPress’s popularity is due to its wide range of plugins and templates. If you don’t find what you are looking for, you can either create it yourself or have a WordPress developer create the content. Problem is, templates, and even more, plugins can pose a security risk.
To protect yourself from plugin security issues (security or otherwise), there are three main rules. First, only use what is necessary to reach your goal. If you are looking for free plugins, the second tip is to research them before installing them. Third, keep them up-to-date for the same reasons you keep your WordPress installation updated.
Implement two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication does not replace strong passwords. It is a policy to ensure that your passwords are always up-to-date. This is not an invitation for you to use the same password or a similar variation across multiple websites. You should use a strong, unique password on every website that you visit. If you are unable to manage this in practice, at the very least, have a strong password for your WordPress website. Also, implement two-factor authentication.
Login only from secure connections
Avoid logging onto your WordPress site via a public WiFi connection. However, if you must, make sure to use a connection from an established provider.
As needed, grant access privileges
As soon as the user is done, give them the least level of access privilege necessary to allow them to complete their role. You should also be careful when vetting anyone with access to your back-end site. The more access they have the more you must vet them.
Security can be compromised by ignorance and malice. You should ensure security is always at the forefront of your mind when you do anything on your website. You need to feel confident that if you have to rely on someone else to do the same, they will be able to keep your security top of mind.
WordPress’s simplicity makes it easy to learn how to make websites that look great. There is a fine line between looking good and being safe and performing well. If you don’t take care to vet the people you allow access to your website’s workings, you might only discover this when it is too late.
Limit the activities of users on your website
As harsh as it may sound, anyone you allow access to, even without logging into, can be used against you. Even a seemingly innocent “Contact Us” form could be used to inject malicious code if you don’t employ proper validation strategies. Similar to the previous point, limit the number of users who can accomplish your goal to the minimum and ensure that you protect your security.
Invest in a trusted website vulnerability scanning service
A website vulnerability scanning service acts as both an anti-malware scanner, and a firewall for your website applications. Although this is usually a worthwhile investment, the best options will offer additional functionality such as event management and compliance with programs like PCI/DSS.
You may be able to use their content delivery network to boost your website’s performance. Some will also be connected to a cybersecurity operation center. This is a great benefit for companies that have limited or no IT security capabilities (which is most likely to be many SMBs).