Why You Need to Secure Your WordPress Website

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Why You Need to Secure Your WordPress Website

wordpress vulnerabilitiesWe love WordPress. In fact, nearly every website we develop is built on the popular open-source platform. There’s a lot to love about WordPress, and I’ve gone into depth about why you should develop your next site on this CMS in previous blog articles. However, WordPress has one big issue…security.

To web developers and those in the IT field, WordPress’ vulnerability should come as no surprise. It’s an open source solution. This makes it more vulnerable because everyone has access to the source code, including hackers. While having access to the source code doesn’t guarantee that security flaws will be exploited, like any software that you download, you open yourself up web attacks.

Outdated plugins, phishing attacks, low-security servers, and predictable passwords are just a few of the vulnerabilities your WordPress website might face.  Here are a few tips for ensuring the security of your WordPress site:

1) Use secure hosting: This goes without saying, but you need a hosting provider that’s security-conscious. There are many things to consider, but at the very least make sure your host is reputable; provides database backups (preferably to multiple locations);  are easily reachable by phone, email or live chat; and monitors all activity.

2) Install secure themes: Be aware of the themes you’re using. Generally speaking WordPress.org themes are safe, but they need to be kept up-to-date.

3) Be wary of all plugins you download: Make sure you investigate plugins and examine all pluguin reviews and keep them up-do-date.

4) Use a third party WordPress security solution: Sure, there are WordPress plugins that provide security features, however these tools may not fix the source of the hack. In other words, you might be able to identify the hack and remove hacked files, as well as backup your site, but your site may still be vulnerable to a future hack. Make sure the security solution provides:

  • Daily Backups
  • Daily Malware Scans
  • Theme and plugin updates
  • WordPress config file lockdown
  • Theme and plugin lockdown
  • Admin Lockdown
  • Plugin Monitoring (for security issues)
  • Sql Injection filters
  • Base64 encode filters
  • File Permissions sweeps

Don’t take your website’s security lightly. Stay protected by following the tips above. If you have any tips of your own we welcome your comments below. If you’d like to learn more about securing your WordPress website then leave us your information here or call 877-673-7096 x2.

By |2016-12-23T12:42:23+00:00October 11th, 2013|Web Development|0 Comments

About the Author:

Tom joined Matt in 2010, helping co-found Turbo Medical Marketing. As COO, Tom oversees all production and works directly with both the executive team and the Account Managers. Tom has helped to formulate systems and processes for sales, business development, internal marketing, service offerings, client intake, and employee hiring and training. You can get a sense of Tom's marketing knowledge, as well as pick up some marketing tips and insights, by checking out the Turbo blog that he contributes to weekly. Tom has also spoken at several aesthetic conferences in the past about topics ranging plastic surgery technology to mobile marketing. Tom received his B.A. in Business Management Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former collegiate rugby player and he enjoys golfing, snowboarding, hiking, and playing with his dog Yogi in his spare time. He's also a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in Charleston. Tom lives with his wife Lindsay in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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