Your Guide to WordPress Security

WordPress Security

WordPress blogging has come to the limelight in the recent history due to its flawless design and secure networking that out casted its competitors. Recently WordPress has been subjected to many brute force attacks over various versions. Here are some important security tips to ensure the integrity of your blog.

  • The most important factor to keep in check is to use a very secure alphanumeric password for all your entry points. Maximum number of blog security breach has been attributed to the problem of weak password almost 67% of the bloggers use the automatically generated password provided during blog creation.
  • Try adding a CAPTCHA to your login page.

Adding CAPTCHA highly reduces the chance of being hacked by bots by accessing user data. CAPTCHA is a very innovative security measure as it in most cases cannot be hacked without human supervision.

Always keep your WordPress account updated.

Keeping your WordPress account updated can help in preventing unnecessary security lapses creating chances for page penetration. Updating your account will also enable to you to use the new themes and tools to make you blog more presentable.

Be careful while applying themes or plugins for your blog.

Always be careful while uploading script, only download custom themes and plugins from secure sites and do not trust torrents or any other peer based downloading sites.

Always find a secure hosting service.

I agree that finding a very secure hosting provider can at times be expensive but you need to ensure that your host has enough backups to create a secure network for your WordPress account.

Check Option to limit Login attempts.

This tip can be very helpful in preventing bot attacks, it prevents login from non-specified IP addresses. You can set the IP addresses from which the log in could be secure.

Keep file editing via dashboard disabled.

“define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );” use this code on your wp-config.php file to block any sort of file editing from your dashboard. This could act as an additional level of security preventing attempts to access data once the dashboard is hacked.

Keep your WordPress version always hidden.

Proclaiming your WordPress version on your blog will be almost similar to giving the thief the address of your house. Always make it a point to keep your version hidden as the intruders can analyse what all security lapses the proclaimed version has.

Always block the directory and plugin access.

If you haven’t disabled your plugins directory access the vulnerability of many of these plugins can affect your webpage security in an adverse manner. Always make it a point to block public access to all your plugin directory.

Always keep the WP- admin directory secure.

If you use a static IP address to manage your WordPress account you get a natural security of restricting access to a specified IP address. You can utilize the .htaaccess file from the WP –Admin file to enable this option. There are many set codes to implement in these codecs.

Always keep a backup.

Keeping a backup is the most efficient way to prevent data loss from your WordPress account. This can help in keeping the status of your WordPress account static even in the event of an unexpected attack.

Keep usernames hidden from your author archive URL.

Its default by WordPress to show your username in the author archives but it’s very risky and little ideal. You can prevent this fall in security by user name entry in your database.

Please avoid applying free themes.

Free themes is the major jackpot with which hackers gain access to your scripts. There are several reasonably priced themes you can use instead of the dead beat free themes which are often not very artistic and increases security risks.

 

About the Author:

Vaishnavi Agrawal loves pursuing excellence through writing and have a passion for technology. She has successfully managed and run personal technology magazines and websites. She currently writes for intellipaat.com, a global training company that provides e-learning and professional certification training.

The courses offered by Intellipaat address the unique needs of working professionals. She is based out of Bangalore and has an experience of 5 years in the field of content writing and blogging. Her work has been published on various sites related to Big Data, Business Intelligence, Project Management, Cloud Computing, IT, SAP, Project Management and