Safety first! How to Keep Your WordPress Website Secure.
Joel Veloso - 6 minutes, 41 seconds
In light of the recent security breaches, WordPresss security is a huge topic for start-ups looking to secure their sites.
As the most popular content management system with 43.2% of all websites running on WordPress, WordPress faces regular attacks from hackers trying to find its weaknesses.
Threats to its security change all the time, and it’s very important to keep track of what’s going on. Attacks can cost you money, time, and energy so security is important to keep on top of.
Here are our tips to help you to protect yourself by understanding the possible weak spots of your site –
Hold up! Is WordPress not a Secure CMS?
WordPress is a secure platform as long as you follow the best security practices. Which at Battalion we hold as a huge priority as part of our build process. 97% of all security breaches exploit WordPress plugins rather than the CMS itself.
So how do we protect our site?
Here are some of the things we do and suggestions to help you to protect your website from being hacked
1. Secure your login procedures.
- Use strong passwords
- Use 2FA (Two-factor authentication)
- Log out at the end of each session.
2. Update your WordPress installation and any plugins on a regular basis.
Hackers can search for websites running an older version, and you may become a victim of a sophisticated attack.
3. Use a good Hosting company
Speak to Battalion about our premium hosting packages which include regular security updates and checks.
3. Install a good security plugin and update it regularly.
We recommended WordFence premium.
4. Keep your PHP version up-to-date
At the time of writing this article PHP 7.3 is now in EOL (end of life). To check the current version go to: https://www.php.net/supported-versions.php
If you need help checking your PHP version talk to us……
5. Add SSL/HTTPS
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer this is in short a standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data.
NB: standard SSL certificates are free. Contact us if you need help getting yours
6. Install a firewall
Firewalls provide protection against outside cyber attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary network traffic.
7. Backup your website regularly.
Don’t forget your database.
6. Have an Anti-Malware and Anti-vírus check regularly.
We all know someone who has had a virus on their computer. A server is the same and can also have viruses or malware by having antivirus software installed on the server and running regular checks. You can prevent most viruses/malware by having an anti-virus check regularly.
So there you go! Cyber attacks aren’t fun and can slow your business down. It’s best to avoid them altogether by ensuring you keep security measures up to date. If you need any help with this speak to our team today