10 Simple Ways to Keep Your WordPress Website Secure31st Oct 2013 | Posted by Eko S. | 5 Comments
WordPress is a dynamic open source content management system (CMS), developed on PHP and supported by MySQL database. It has become popular due to its simple user management system and versatile approach. The websites developed on this platform come with various in-built security features. However, depending completely on the default features might help the hackers to intercept the confidential data easily. Therefore, the website owners or web developers need to manually configure plugins and implement security settings to keep the websites secure from hackers.
Here are the 10 simple ways that can keep your site secure from all invalid data interceptions.
#1. Scan your workstations
Hackers enter into your domain using malware applications and users’ login credentials. It is always recommended to change the login credentials such as the users and admin level passwords frequently. In addition, configure the system firewall settings that can block the viruses and malware applications from intruding into the PCs and web servers. Furthermore, configure the firewalls at OS level, router and ISP level.
#2. Update site with newer versions
Once the WordPress website design is complete, install the newer versions that come with latest patches. Therefore, always install the latest versions of the WordPress on the site. The latest versions are not easy to hack and come with more robust security features. The administrators can configure the site to get the latest releases or updates automatically.
#3. Report issues to wordpress.org
WordPress has a user-friendly platform. If you discover any bugs or vulnerabilities, then report to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Send an email to the addresses (mentioned above) concerning to any security issues observed on the WordPress site. To provide users a better experience, the issues are considered seriously, and new solutions are constantly invented.
#4. Regular checks
‘Exploit scanner plugin’ is one of the effective tools that indicate any malicious activity happening on the sites. It is also highly competent in discovering the activities that can harm the sites. A WordPress developer must always use this tool regularly for checking the bugs on the sites.
#5. Disable custom HTML
The custom WordPress designer always prefers custom HTML to develop formsand build other functionalities on a site. Therefore, it is not possible always to disable the forms and functionalities on the site; however, it is a better idea to disable custom HTML whenever it is possible. Web administrators just need to add wp-congif.php file to disallow or unfiltered custom HTML requirements for the site.
#6. Pretend old
Hackers, often choose the websites that are new on the internet. It is assumed that they easily crack the websites, which are just a few days old. Hence, remove the comments and posts that are default on the new site, and always hide the version details on the site. Also, it is suggested to remove the footers that states ‘Powered by WordPress’.
#7. Hide indexes
It is always advisable to hide the indexing file from being viewed / accessed in public. Hackers look for the indexing files on the sites by using different malware applications and plugins. Web administrators using Apache or another operating system on the servers can configure .htaccess file in the site’s main directory. Disable the public access and upload the file into the main directory that can help in protecting the index details from hacking.
#8. Regular backup
Regular backup of the entire site and content helps you to restore the site easily. This open source has WP-DB Manager loaded with efficient features that not only backup the whole WordPress site, but also alert the administrators about MySQL vulnerabilities and report about the databases that have been publicly accessed.
#9. Install security plugins
There are hundreds of security plugins available on the web that can check for the bugs, vulnerabilities and hacking attempts. Use of ‘Exploit scanner plugin’ and other prominent security plugins are strongly recommended. Furthermore, the plugins come with a lot of suggestions to help customize your WordPress website efficiently.
#10. Use of admin panel plugins
- Limit Login Attempts plugin
Set the maximum login attempts; logout duration, and lockouts between sessions.
- User Locker plugin
This plugin helps you to set and check the number of invalid attempts made to an account before it got locked out.
- Admin SSL Secure plugin
It encrypts the entire admin panels on the site.
- Block Bad Queries plugin
It blocks the malicious queries and looks for the suspicious long strings.
- Antivirus plugin
This plugin helps to protect the site from viruses, worms, and other forms of malware applications.
These are the ten simple ways that help your site to stay secure from invalid data interceptions on the web.
- Written by Mr. Deepak Gupta -
He is a professionally trained writer and is known for his exclusive work in the field of WordPress website customization. He is famous for his qualitative work that is shown through his articles which describes how to customize WordPress websites effectively.