February 5th, 2019
The average number of attacks on WordPress websites are approximately 4-5 million monthly. That is a lot of hacking attempts! These attacks vary from individual WordPress sites to large corporate websites. Sensitive data can be at risk and WordPress site security is one of the top concerns for website owners using WordPress. WordPress security includes protection not only on the code of the WordPress core, but also precautions are used by your hosting provider as well as the WordPress site owner.
The number of attacks on WordPress sites is astonishing, and it may suggest that these attacks are due to WordPress being insecure. Most hackers believe that because WordPress is a free open source application that anyone can download and install, and it can be modified by the end user, which entices hackers because they believe that end user changes make WordPress seem more vulnerable.
However, this is not the case. WordPress has a team of designers and developers worldwide to keep WordPress updated, stable and secure. WordPress even has a team of developers that dedicate themselves to constantly monitoring WordPress for security vulnerabilities. When a vulnerability is detected, this dedicated team immediately corrects the issue and issues a patch to fix it. These patches happen frequently enough to show that the WordPress security team is hard at work, keeping your site safe and secure. While this is the first line of defense for WordPress, it is definitely not the only defense against hackers.
Your hosting provider also has security measures in place to protect your WordPress site. Just one example is cloud web hosting. Cloud web hosting allows for the hosting of websites on virtual servers. The network of servers are vast in number, pulling data from multiple servers, the result of which is a form of digital infrastructure to ensure that your data is more secure.
Also, “one click install” application servers provide notifications to end users when WordPress installs are out of date and require patching/updating. The update is performed by the end user in this scenario. End users simply set up notifications to alert themselves when a newer version available. This notification feature also will include out of date plugins and template notifications. If you would rather have the application server automatically update your WordPress installation there is normally an option to enable this. Before the update it will create a backup that you can revert to the previous install if there is a problem during the upgrade process.
End User Security
As the owner of a WordPress website, users should also utilize certain means to protect their site to defeat all kinds of cyber attacks.
- Keeping WordPress up to date with the latest version and patches results in combating any vulnerabilities, which aids in securing sensitive data.
- Any device that connects to the WordPress back-end, to manage the WordPress site, should also be updated and have firewall and malware protection software installed.
- All WordPress sites should have secure usernames and passwords. The default “admin” user name should be changed to something unique so that it helps to prevent hacking from brute force attacks.
- Restricting permission to access the WordPress back-end, its directories, and disabling file editing will also help.
- Limiting the login attempts and setting your notifications within WordPress to notify you of excessive failed login attempts, which are typically a sign of attempting a brute force hack, will you informed so that they can immediately take steps to block ip addresses to help prevent hacking.
- Install and use plugins for securing and monitoring your WordPress site that are available from many third-party developers. An example of such third-party software is, All In One WordPress Security and Firewall.
- Backing up your WordPress site at least one or two times a week can prevent accidental loss of data or errors when editing your site, but also it is preventative maintenance against your site being compromised with malicious code or viruses. A clean restore can then be performed at any time.
- WordPress sites that are constantly maintained will also prevent spam. Setting spam filters to be a bit more aggressive will also help maintain spam. It is a good idea to monitor commenting. Blocking questionable comments with the WordPress site admin user will also help.
While hackers are hard at work attempting to brute force into your WordPress website, utilizing all measures listed above will help prevent your WordPress site from being vulnerable. Make sure you are diligent in protecting your WordPress site by taking further steps today to secure it!
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