Securing & fine tuning your WordPress website

Website security has become a common concern, webmasters / hosting support do take great care when maintaining their websites. WordPress is one of the most user-friendly & open source website platforms available online, because of this there are people who want to hack into your WP site and use it for their purposes.

You may be inquiring what crackers might do when they find a WordPress website that they can break. In reality, they are only limited by their vision, but popular examples are:

  • Executing Malicious script code
  • Creating unauthorized links to other malware websites
  • Embedding a concealed backdoor, so that access can be obtained even when vulnerabilities & malwares are fixed
  • Redirecting visitors to payday loan / referral baesed sites (eg. Increasing search engine rankings )

62,000 sites hacked through WordPress plug-in vulnerability

Web security business firm Sucuri discerned an automated attack that injected a PHP backdoor file into many WordPress sites & it leads to breach.

The crack we have seen most ordinarily is where links to other businesses / websites are placed in your website source code*, like links to sites that sell bags, watches or viagra – popular black market items. The other miscellaneous things that can happen are that wp site disappears and visitants see a “404 — Page Not Found” errors instead of your website pages. The above scenes will oblige you to take the following steps.
Here is a list of steps how to protect your site.

  • Security Tip 1. Stay Updated (Keep your site themes and plugins up-to-date )
  • Security Tip 2. Frequently Reset all passwords and secret keys
  • Security Tip 3. Back Up your website and Store it on external storage / cloud server or not just your server
  • Security Tip 4. Limit Login Attempts ( Use Brute Force login plugin )
  • Security Tip 5. Never use the “admin” username
  • Security Tip 6. Use Strong Passwords
  • Security Tip 7. Remove unused plugins & themes
  • Security Tip 8. Audit & Scan full website features , plugins & theme source script files
  • Security Tip 9. Fix Bugs & Vulnerabilities
  • Security Tip 10. Get Better hosting

Is that suffice?

These methods are required to harden your WordPress website security & cannot be discussed in a single article, let alone in a post. There are plenty of methods and topics that we do not pay attention to (such as admin security, .htaccess, firewall, hosting , salts and so on), but hopefully, by enforcing what we have discussed, you will enhance your site security one step ahead.
Be sure to check out the WordPress security guide at WordPress.org, too. It has lot of useful information on how you can improve the security & performance of your WordPress website.