WordPress Security Hacks That Makes It The Most Secure Platform

Samuel Dawson 09th Oct 2020


It has not been a long since some Banks asked the tech companies to make their back-end systems so as to make all the accounts, customer data, loan processing, passwords, and all secure. But eventually, all Banks themselves have become online firms that make their users perform all the actions online without making them take the time to come to the branch office for trivial things.

What is the reason for this drastic shift? Perhaps technology has become extremely reliable that even banks count on them for matters of money.

WordPress host an ample lot of websites that demand high security, one such website is  Gateway Bank of Mesa AZ which is quite an efficient and responsive WP based website. WordPress is also counted on by numerous firms that have serious security concerns around the world, which includes  SAP, Facebook, eBay, Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept, Sophos, McAfee, Mozilla, GNOME, Reuters,  MIT, Google Ventures, CNN,   NASA, and many more.

What makes WP highly reliable and secure?

Security is quite a major concern for WordPress developers, but as nothing can be impeccable, therefore WP has its security concerns that come to notice when you miss out on certain precautionary steps. In this blog, we will discuss some of the things that make way for vulnerabilities and what can be done to keep hackers at bay.

Appling security measures in WordPress is known as hardening. This is similar to fortifying security on the gates of your home or applying an automatic security system on all your gates.

WordPress is a highly secure platform but to harness its security you need to make sure that you
have played your part. The following are the things that you need to do to make your WordPress website a secure place to dwell.

Do not procrastinate: Firstly, make sure that you have updated all the versions of plugins and themes that are there on your website. Make sure to update them as soon as possible.

Leave no chink in your Armour!

To have a highly secure WP website you update your website regularly to leave no chink in your armor.  Updating your website is not a complex task as all you need to do is to stay attentive and you will receive all the updates when you log in to the dashboard of your WP account. The only thing is that you need to make sure you do it. Moreover, if you are worried about ruining something in the process of installing then make a back-up of your website beforehand.

Another major need for updating your website is because the updates reveal the security issues wherefore, the security holes become quite apparent. This makes an older version of the website more vulnerable to attacks.

Match pace the advancing themes and plugins:

Similar to updating your core you need also to update the themes and plugins of your WP websites as well. You need to remember that every theme and plugin is like another door that leads to your website's admin dashboard. This is the reason you need to update regularly them else you will succumb to the malicious users who are in the wake of finding a hole in your website.

Remove extra burden:

There are times when we adopt a new theme and even forget to remove the old ones. Doing so will help you to protect your website as themes and plugins that are lying there doing nothing can turn out to be a doorway for hackers. If you are not using them, you don't want to update them, and this will become a source for hackers to enter your website. Make sure not just to deactivate them, rather delete them.

Use reliable sources to download add-ons: Themes and plugins can be quite alluring, and this is the reason people download it from anywhere they feel like. Always make sure to download the themes and plugins from WordPress.org is the best thing as they are thoroughly examined before being posted in the theme or plugin directory. If you are opting for a paid theme then make sure that you download it from a reliable source such as Themeforest or a reliable website.

Make access strict: We are well aware of the 777 file permissions and this is the reason you need to avoid configuring files with this permission. This is the reason you must opt for 750 or 755 rather than opting 777, and this is also stated in WordPress.org. As now you are granting access permission then you need to change the permissions of wp-config.php to 600 and files to 640/644. For extra security, the feature uses a WordPress.com login developed by Jetpack or 2-factor plugin. You can also restrict the number of logins from a specific IT range only.

Do not be predictable: One of the most incredible qualities of hackers is that they are incredible guesses, and if your do not change your password regularly then you will be serving your website to them on a silver platter. Thus, make sure you keep the password of your website quite secure and updated. If you think that you are unable to generate a highly secure password, then you can make use of software like Strong Password Generator or Norton's software for generating a password.

Now when we talk about being predictable, then we must not keep "admin" as the username for your admin account. Now, if you have already done that then change it by inputting a query in your  PHPMyAdmin dashboard.

Authored By Samuel Dawson

Samuel Dawson is a PSD to WordPress theme conversion service provider all over the globe with his extensive research, knowledge and skills. Some security attempts have been shared above in WordPress platform by him.

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