Many websites running WordPress nowadays are considered vulnerable. Why is that? The core installation of WordPress is rather straightforward and secure, yet it is what comes afterwards that can pose a serious threat to the security of your blog.
In short, the more custom code, plugins and themes you add to your blog, the more chances you’ll have to weaken its security and make it vulnerable to all sorts of cyberattacks. To avoid such undesirable situations, let’s go over a few tricks you should learn to keep your WordPress blog safe:
Keep WordPress, as well as your themes and plugins updated
It’s important that you do this regularly, because an out-of-date site is always more vulnerable to potential attacks. Be sure to backup your data before every update. Same goes for your themes and plugins. If not properly taken care of, they can be an open door to your personal data.
Do not download themes or plugins from unknown sources
Most of what applies to your PC at home, will apply here. Be very careful where you download your themes and plugins from. Preferably, you should get them from WordPress.org, because then you’ll have the guarantee that they’re secure. Otherwise, look only for reputable sources or developers.
Mind your username and password
First of all, don’t set your username to admin, it’s practically an invitation to hackers. If you’ve already set it as such, you can change it by inputing an SQL query in PHPMyAdmin. Same goes for your password, don’t opt for something simple and easily breakable. Preferably, you should use a password generator that will output a random string of numbers and letters, and change it regularly.
Set a limit for logins
As you may know, many cyber-attacks are carried out through brute force, meaning that hackers will just try to login into your website as many times as they can until they’re in. By using a plugin to set a limit for logins, you will prevent this from happening and your blog will stay safe.
Disable PHP Error reporting
Whenever a theme or a plugin misbehaves, chances are an error message will be created to report on the situation. While these error messages are extremely helpful when troubleshooting, they are also dangerous because they include your server’s path. That means that if a hacker goes as far as checking your error messages, you would be handing him your website’s data on a silver platter.
Choose your web hosting provider wisely
Truth is, as much effort as you may put into keeping your WordPress blog as safe as possible, none of it matters if you’re not backed up by good web hosting. Many websites that have been hacked can trace back the security breach to their host’s failure to secure the website properly. The best way to avoid this is to choose a hosting company that specializes in WordPress hosting, because chances are they will provide a WordPress firewall, up-to-date PHP and MySQL and a customer service team that knows WordPress inside and out.