The first question comes into our minds, is WordPress secure? For the most part, yes. However, WordPress site usually gets a bad rap for being prone to security vulnerabilities and inherently not being a safe platform to use for a business. More often than not this is due to the fact that users keep following industry-proven security worst-practices.
Using outdated WordPress Site software, nulled plugins, poor system administration, credentials management, and lack of necessary Web and security knowledge among non-techie WordPress users keep hackers on top of their cyber-crime game. Even industry leaders don’t always use the best practices. Reuters was hacked because they were using an outdated version of WordPress.
Here are some ways to secure your WordPress site
- Use Latest PHP Version:
- Prefer Strong Username and Password
- Use Latest Version of WordPress, Plugins, and Themes
1. Use Latest PHP Version
PHP is the backbone to secure your WordPress site and so using the latest version on your server is very important. Each news version of PHP supports the security of WordPress for two years. During that time Bugs and security issues are fixed. Anyone running on version PHP 7.1 or below no longer has security support and are exposed to unpatched security vulnerabilities.
2. Prefer Strong Username and Password
It is also important to use different passwords for every website and the best way to store them is locally in an encrypted database on your computer. A good free tool for this is KeePass. Even though your data is hosted securely in the cloud. These are generally safer since you aren’t using the same password across multiple sites. It also keeps you from using sticky notes.
As far as your WordPress install goes you should never use the default “admin” username so create a unique WordPress Site username for the administrator account and delete the “admin” user if it exists. You can do this by adding a new user under “Users” in the dashboard and assigning it to the “Administrator” profile.
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3. Use Latest Version of WordPress, Plugins, and Themes
Unfortunately, millions of businesses out there running outdated versions of WordPress software and plugins, and still believe they’re on the right path of business success. They cite reasons for not updating such as “their site will break” or “core modifications will be gone” or “plugin X won’t work” or “they just don’t need the new functionality”
Here are some security measures which can be used to secure your WordPress sites. Zthosting used these security measures while providing web hosting services for WordPress. These security measures make your WordPress site surely authenticated and attested. Any individual avail these services at reasonable and affordable rates.