Did you know that more than 70% of WordPress installations are vulnerable to hacker attacks?
WordPress is so popular that is has become the target of security attacks. A Content Management System (CMS) that powers near enough 27% of the internet will no doubt attract the attention of anyone wanting to insert malicious code, take sites down or steal data.
We have come across hundreds of WordPress websites where webmasters have simply ignored the importance of security. Not only have they risked losing their hard work but they have also risked infecting their visitors with malicious malware, which is what hackers mainly set out to do.
In the last month alone we repaired 28 hacked WordPress installations and believe it or not 60% of those were down to outdated plugins. We won’t be going into detail as to how hackers target dated plugins and themes this time around but what we will do is give you a quick run down on how to prevent your WordPress website from being hacked.
Here are some basic steps to tighten security.
Keep WordPress Updated
One of the reasons that WordPress is increasingly becoming the target of security attacks is because it’s so big. But the very size of WordPress, and of its community of users and developers, is also an asset here.
Security vulnerabilities are spotted and dealt with very quickly. This applies to the WordPress core as well as to the biggest and most popular plugins and default themes. The fact that WordPress is open source means that anyone finding a problem can identify the cause of that problem and flag it straight away.
Keep Themes & Plugins Updated
Periodically developers release updates which provide new features or fix known bugs. Software bugs can come in many shapes and sizes. A bug could be enormous such as preventing users from using a plugin or it could be very small and only concern a certain part of a theme. In some cases, bugs can even be serious security holes.
Regardless of their level of severity, software bugs must be fixed. As a user, when a software update is released that fixes a bug, you should update as soon as possible to have the most secure and stable versions of the product.
If you use a premium theme or plugin from a developer that sells their product via Themeforest or Codecanyon for example, then you will have to make sure you keep up to date with developer releases. You should receive notification via email when a premium product has been updated.
Remove Unused Plugins
Many website owners have probably installed and tested several themes, and plugins. Any themes or plugins you’re not currently using should be deleted. This just eliminates one more door for malicious code to access your website.
Install Security Plugin
Securing your WordPress website can be kind of intimidating. What are you supposed to do? How complicated is it? By trying to lock out the hackers are you also going to lock out all your readers?
Most of us have little or no idea what we’re doing. WordPress security should be as easy as WordPress.
We recommend you install Wordfence Security or Better WP Security. With Better WP Security you can use the one-click protection to immediately turn on a host of WordPress security features that will protect your site without any setup or complications. You don’t have to know anything or do anything. Just one click.