WordPress is beloved Content Management System (CMS) widely used for websites and blogs, but securing Wordpress is a biggest issue these days. Even though, WordPress community continually sweats hard, websites developed using Wordpress are frequently hacked by hackers leaving behind a huge questions about its security. Hacking of any website results into loss of its potential customers/audiences, hinders website’s reliability and at the end, makes a website look extremely unprincipled and unmanaged.
Website hacking and data stealing has been going on since the birth of the web, but today cybercriminals have taken it to a newer level. Hacking is mostly done to gain access over your quality audience that usually ends-up with useless links and very unprofessional content.
Open Source, open for Hackers as well
Being open source content management system, Wordpress is utilized by more than half of websites across the web and this popularity of WP makes it a juicy target for hackers. Even user’s greed for free plugins and themes forces them to install fake piece of software that are nothing but a gateway that hackers use to attack their WordPress website.
If you’re using wordpress to host your website, than better be cautious as now hackers know how to break your password, enter into your dashboard and make use of your website at their will. If you’re searching for trusted ways for shielding your website from being hacked, here’s what we suggest you to do:
Time to Get Plugged In
WordPress security system is best you could do defend your website against hack-threats. Options are many, but Better WP Security plugin ensures grater peace of mind as it covers more bases than other Plugins. It allows you to customize and adjust features as per your website and makes it complex for hacker to break the security and gain the access.
Upgrade WordPress, Plugins and Themes
Themes and plugins are concluded as leading cause for hacks, hence for security reasons, it is crucial to update your plugins and themes after fixed time cycle. Updated versions are released for a reason, hence replacing outdated Plugins, WordPress versions and themes are necessary that can create any sort of vulnerabilities. Avoid download of Plugins and themes from an untrusted sources as it may be a risky install.
Often Change Passwords
Apart from outdated Plugins, themes and WP, poor login credentials is the most overlook aspect. Normally, we are habituated set weak passwords or passwords that are easy to make out. Password must have 8 characters using alpha-numeric elements and must be changed as often as every 3-6 months. And, don’t make your next password similar to your current one.
At the end, nothing guarantees 100% security, but obeying above mentioned points can certainly limit risk to your website’s security. Make sure to put all the above security precautions into place so it never happens to you. Feel free to pen down your views, comments, suggestions or compliments and stay tuned for more updates.
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Bilal Momin is one of the Co-founders and CEO of I-verve Infoweb INC and Leads Business Development and Marketing Initiatives.