I guess there is no need for introduction why security is important in our WordPress website.
If you don’t want headache and heartache at the same time in the future, do it.
“Why is WordPress not secure?” Or, “Why should WordPress Dev team make it secure?” Reality is; there is no such thing as a hackproof website.
On the other hand, WordPress is secure, if you do it properly and regularly.
The WordPress Community is doing their best to secure it but there are just curious and troubled people who do hacking for fun or for living and sometimes just out of curiosity.
That is why we should not put our guards down. There are always evil geniuses on the prowl.
Security is not a onetime fix, this is a process.
Today, your security might protect your website, but there are smart people using their curse brain to cause harm on your pixel perfect money making website.
Protect yourself from bad guys (bad bots) now, rather than suffer the consequence of troubleshooting the whole site or losing your data later.
Here are some basic but necessary steps on how to secure your WordPress website:
Remember fundamentals are essentials in any endeavor.
- Choose a reputable web hosting company. Quality is expensive but not always. Exercise due diligence.
- Get at least an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. As the name implies Security, it adds a level of encryption in transmitting information privately, ensure message integrity, and guarantee the server identity. Note: If you own an ecommerce website, use TLS certificate, this is the upgraded SSL version.
- Never use the default “admin” username and make a complex password. Evil geniuses have a dictionary of password. Your password might be on their list once they try attacking you.
- Get themes & plugins from reputable developer that WordPress vindicated. Avoid downloading from untrusted sources. Upgrade them when needed.
- If you have forms add captcha. This is like window of a house where a burglar might enter. It is one of the entry points of a website attack if left unprotected.
- Do not allow guest user registrations. When “anyone can register” is enabled, your list of users may get longer and you may encounter spam accounts being created. Enable it when you really need it, and limit their access.
- Do not allow pings. Pingback allows you to notify other bloggers that you have linked to their article on your website. If the other blogger or author has a pingback enabled website, then they can see a notification that you have linked to their article. They then can choose to allow your link to appear on their website.
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