Securing Your WordPress Site
Most Users don’t think to worry over site security. Until their website is hi-jacked, most website owners consider computer hackers a thing of movies.
CMS Managers knows that real-life hacking scenarios happen every day. Being hacked can result in sever consequences for the site owner like being Backlisted! That’s why we take every measure to secure your work before Hackers claim your website as their own.
There are always steps one can take to ensure that their website doesn’t fall victim to Black Hats (Bad-guy, Computer-genius types) and hackers.
- Secure Hosting is essential from the beginning. Hosting Sites, like WordPress, offer general security features but they are still capable of being penetrated.
Don’t be afraid to dig deep in your pockets for a well-known service that is valued for its security fire walls. It could save you more than you spent in the long run. Here are some highly recommended Hosting services.
- WordPress is known for its frequent updates which catch all the imperfections you might not have noticed within your security, content management system, and other aspects like themes and plug-ins. Staying on top of all the latest updates will keep you two steps ahead of the hackers. They are known to target older version of WordPress.
- Weak Passwords read as Welcome signs to hackers. WordPress site with weak passwords are the largest targets according to this infographic by WP Templates.
Make sure to diversify your password and even change it often. There are Password generators that create and store passwords for you, however, make sure that master password is secure!
- Your Log-in name doesn’t just define your role! Don’t settle for simple log-in names like “Admin” because this is generally the first guest a hacker will try.
WordPress 3.0 automatically set up the Log-in for the owner as “Admin”. After a set of minor attacks on WordPress accounts they quickly fixed this feature, which is why it is crucial to stay on top of Updates! (See #2)
- In addition to changing the Log-In, you should try to keep it private by removing it from public information, like the URL linking back to the Author Archives. WordPress also does this by default. For the Same reason as changing your Log-In, hiding it will be an added measure for those hackers with intel to look for it.
- Free Themes are nice but also leave you vulnerable. This a major problem for WordPress Users because they offer such a great variety of free themes, it can be hard to resist. Free themes can sometimes offer a back door to hackers in the coding itself. They can use this back door to place spam links and other hurtful content, which could result in your site being back listed. If paying for a theme isn’t in your budget, go with a reputable developer like WordPress.org
- Back up as often as possible because often times site owner wait until it is too late. While you should back up your site for several reasons, undoing an attack is number one.
With a back-up in place, you won’t have to freight over how to restore your original content to its rightful place. What better taunt to a hacker than to see all their work undone with a few clicks of your mouse!
- Try Plug-Ins offering security.org has plug-ins that you can use to tighten the reigns on your WordPress Site. They are definitely ahead of other hosting sites when it comes to hardening your websites security system.
Delete The Hassel!
Dealing with all the fire-walls, putting safety protocols in place, and making sure to close all the back doors leading Hackers inside your website can be intimidating. Don’t wait until you are under attack to handle with an intruder. Get in touch with CMS Managers so that we may help you harden your WordPress Security and keep hackers at bay.