WordPress Website Security Solutions

WordPress Website Security Solutions

WordPress website security is an important consideration for all website owners. It’s been reported by cyber security sources that Google blacklists approximately 10,000 questionable websites daily. WPScan, a security scanning company that maintains a database of WordPress vulnerabilities, has recorded 6,047 unique vulnerabilities in the WordPress environment:

  • 90% of these vulnerabilities are caused by plugins,
  • 6% by themes
  • 4% by the WordPress core files.

Implementation of the best security for WordPress website installations incorporates the security elements below that are included in our website redesign services. Included below are a few of the top WordPress security recommendations for protecting your website from hackers and malware.

Why WordPress Website Security is Mission-Critical

A hacked website can cause significant harm to your company’s revenue, brand, and credibility. Here are some examples of how a hacker can rain on your parade:

  • Your website could become inaccessible, preventing clients from placing orders for your goods or services.
  • Your website may be flagged as “unsafe” by Google, resulting in a decline in organic ranks and traffic that could take weeks or months to recover.
  • In the event of a data breach, all of your users’ sensitive information, including passwords, financial data, and personal data, could be disclosed or sold on the black market.
  • Phishing emails may be sent from your hosting account by hackers, resulting in complaints from authorities.

These examples demonstrate that website security solutions are not something to be scoffed at.

Access Protection

Hackers use brute force login attacks to get access to critical portions of your website by “guessing” the access credentials (User ID and Password). To obtain access to your website, attackers utilize sophisticated software programs that automatically submit thousands of User ID and password combinations.

A brute force attack might render your website unusable for its duration. If successful, the attackers may steal your data and infect your website with malware or phishing code.

It is relatively simple to protect your website from brute force attacks: Install a Security plugin that limits the number of login attempts such as WordFence. Ensure that your default username is NOT the ubiquitous “admin” and that your password is secure: use the WordPress password generator! Wordfence has an option to enforce strong passwords for all users.

Backups: Local vs. Cloud Storage

If attackers compromise your website, they could delete content and destroy the website. If an employee commits an error in File Manager, you risk losing your database and files. A robust backup regime with regular backups is mission-critical. These can be saved locally but copies should be stored remotely in off-site Cloud storage. In the event of a disaster, you can then restore the backups with relative ease… As in, compared to rebuilding the website from scratch…

Malware Scanning for Malicious Files

If malicious software is successfully planted on your website by an attacker, it has the potential to cause extensive harm. Not only do they have access to your data, they will then be able to infect website visitor’s devices. The aforementioned Wordfence security plugin can be configured to automatically scan your website for all forms of malicious code in core files, plugins, themes, images etc. This is the most effective method of protection against malware.

HTTPS / SSL Certificates

Ensuring the privacy and security of your WordPress site requires the use of robust encryption. Therefore, you should encrypt all domain communications with a reputable and trustworthy SSL certificate. cPanel hosting has the free Let’s Encrypt certificates available, so it’s not like it’s an expensive option anymore. Google Chrome and other browsers will warn potential visitors that the site is insecure – which will make your visitors very concerned as to whether their information is being delivered safely – or not…

XML-RPC is a Threat!

According to CyberSecurityMag, XML-RPC is a WordPress feature that allows a remote device, such as a mobile application, to communicate with your website. RPC is never used by the majority of website owners. Therefore, disabling it is a very wise move!

Software Updates: WP Core, Plugins & Themes

WordPress’s software is continuously updated to include new features and prevent security risks. Consequently, it is imperative to update your WordPress core, plugins, and themes as soon as updates become available. This is a fundamental WordPress website management services plan component.

Web Application Firewalls (WAF)

A WAF is a shield that protects the database of your website from SQL injection attacks, which might insert all kinds of bad into the DB on your site… This is part of what Wordfence does. The Block Bad Queries plugin performs a similar service.

Blocking Malicious IP Addresses

Wordfence will also block malicious IP Addresses that transgress the rules that are set. The premium version allows blocking all traffic from specified countries or places from accessing your website.

WordPress Website Security Summary

Obviously, an insecure business website is a threat and a liability. If you’re unsure of how to verify particular settings on your site or implement any of these security measures, you can always consult us for assistance, including a website audit and security implementation plan.

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Page last Updated on 1st October 2023 by the author Ben Kemp