The world is shifting into a virtual mode of social interaction and WordPress is at the very heart of this shift. In fact, close to twenty percent of all the top ten million websites run on WordPress software. Overall, WordPress has more than sixty million websites making it the most popular blogging system in the world. Unfortunately, this level of popularity comes with its own risks such as persistent security threats. Forms of these security threats include directory traversal, SQL injection, field truncation, remote file execution and executable file upload. Each threat attacks your WordPress account using various entry points and highly sophisticated hacking techniques.
For example, an executable file upload allows a hacker to identify vulnerability in your WordPress site. In simple terms, this hacker could upload an executable file and then execute it by accessing the same file through HTTP. This kind of attack could compromise all your WordPress security systems. This is why you should never allow uploading executable files to the WordPress server .
You should secure your WordPress site through any means possible. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to secure a WordPress website. Securing your WordPress website does not require a lot of technical expertise. Here are a few tips:
Keep updated: Use the Latest Version of WordPress
You should acquire the latest versions of WordPress from the official WordPress website. Do not get it or install it from any other website. Your WordPress dashboard will inform you of any new updates. This means that getting and installing the latest versions of this blogging software is quick and easy. It is important for you to remember that WordPress blogs running on outdated or unsupported versions of WordPress are easily exploitable by hackers.
Cleanup Your Website
In other words, you should get rid of plugins and themes that are not in use. Old and rarely updated themes and plugins might contain security holes that hackers can exploit.
Use a Unique Random Password
Many hackers try a number of password combinations before hacking into your website. Do not make it easy for them. Use a password that does not relate to the content on your blog. Additionally, this password should have nothing to do with your personal details. Finally, make sure that the password has more than ten characters. These characters should include numbers and special characters in addition to letters.
Use a different Wordpress admin User name
Do not leave the admin user name as just “admin”. Use a different user name. It is always better to have only one user with Admin privileges.
Make another “author” user for posting.
Use a Security Plugin
There are several security plugins available. My choice is Better WP Security Plugin. This plugin scans your wordpress configuration for vulnerabilities. Wherever possible, it fixes the problem. You can quickly detect parts of your wordpress configuration that requires attention. This plugin blocks those hackers auto-scanning your wordpress website for vulnerabilities as well.
Now that you know how to secure a WordPress website. Use this knowledge to make sure that your WordPress security is completely free of any vulnerability.