Although WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS), there’s no denying that the platform is not without its security flaws. You might own your domain name, control all the information being uploaded to your site, and do your best to keep someone from taking over your site, but if you’re not careful, having your WordPress site taken over could happen to you.
And it’s not just you that they’ll target; hackers could steal your personal information and hijack your site, or they could also set up a phishing scam to steal information from all of your site visitors! Here are some tips to make sure your site remains your site:
Build it Right
One of the key rules to keeping your WordPress site safe is making sure that you only install themes and plug-ins from trustworthy sites. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can only use the free themes that are automatically available on WordPress; instead, you have an array of options available on third-party sites as well.
But make sure that, if you’re looking to third-party sites, you’re reading reviews and looking at ratings prior to downloading anything. You wouldn’t want to let your site be compromised by themes or plug-ins that incorporate software to either redirect users or steal information about them! Make sure you’re only using the best plug-ins and themes—even if that means paying a little extra for them. It’s worth it.
Don’t Trust Just Anyone
Of course, most of us know not to share our login details. That said, you might be surprised at how many people leave the “admin” account as their default. While this isn’t the same as sharing your password with all your friends or coworkers, but if someone were to set a bot to try to hack your account, they’re going to find your password much more easily if you haven’t even bothered to change your username from the default account.
This means the bot only has to try one set of variables rather than trying several combinations of login details. Of course, it all starts with coming up with a secure password, but you’ll also want to have a reasonably secure username too!
Protect Your Info.
Along with not willingly giving up your site information, you should also make sure you’re protecting all of your details as best you can. Keeping your login information to yourself will only go so far; you could also be the victim of an unfortunate public WiFi scam or a phishing attack. Believe it or not, using public WiFi can leave you vulnerable to attacks that you may not suspect! To better control what information a site sees about you, make sure you’re using a VPN.
This will give you a more secure connection which, although not 100 percent secure, will go a long way toward protecting your website security!
Use the Tools Available to You
There are plenty of plug-ins specifically designed to keep your website safe. These range in use from preventing hundreds of login attempts to preventing malicious software from auto-installing for all your users. Based on the theme you’ve chosen, this functions similarly to the way your computer’s antivirus software does.
You’d be silly not to use these because they often cover gaps in WordPress’ normal software. Of course, you’ll still want to be careful about what plug-ins you’re downloading, but if they’ve got a steady amount of reviews, know that they’re probably there for a reason!
Be the Mother Hen
Although you might feel overly paranoid or a bit crazy checking back into your site nearly every day, this is one of the best ways to make sure that your site hasn’t been taken over.
Of course, it’s not foolproof, but if you notice anything amiss with your website, you can mention it to your internet domain registrar sooner, and hopefully they can resolve any issues with the site. After all, you don’t want someone to hack your site and it ends up being months before you file a complaint!
Although there are plenty of ways someone across the internet can harm your business or blog, a few quick protective tips can help you make sure you keep your WordPress site safe.
You don’t have to be the best IT guy in the world to do it either; anyone can make sure that their website is properly secured if they take a few minutes to read up on it. Don’t let yourself become a victim of a scam or a phishing attack!
This was contributed by Caroline on behalf of Secure Thoughts, an industry leader in website security.