WordPress is the most popular content publishing platform on the Internet by a large margin. This makes it a popular target for malicious hackers and spammers. But you’re probably thinking “Why would anyone want to attack my website?”. In particular, if you have a low traffic website, security is probably not one of your main priorities.
The truth is: It does not matter if your website has low traffic. Hackers are not always looking to steal data or delete important files. Sometimes all they want to do is use your server to send spam emails.
The takeaway: You need to ensure your WordPress website is secure from threats!
With that said, the next thing you need to understand is that the core of the WordPress software is very secure (although not exactly impregnable). So when you hear someone’s WordPress website has been hacked or worse even, your website has been hacked, the security breach probably occurred as a result of one of the following reasons rather than a vulnerability in the WordPress software itself:
- Weak user passwords
- Vulnerabilities in plugins and themes
- Failure to keep the software up to date
Therefore you can effectively block attacks on your website by simply addressing these security issues. For example,
- Host your website with quality hosting company
- Keep WordPress updated
- Choose the plugins you activate on your website wisely
- Keep your WordPress theme up-to-date and well-coded
- Use strong login information and change passwords frequently
- Use the right security plugins to toughen your website
6 of the Best Security Plugins Available for WordPress
Wordfence is one of the most downloaded WordPress security plugins for WordPress websites. Security features of the plugin include real-time blocking of known attackers, login security including two-factor authentication, security scanning, WordPress firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, monitoring features and multi-site security. It also scans your posts and comments for malicious code.
Bulletproof Security is another popular WordPress security plugin that protects your website files and database with multiple layers of website security protection including One-Click Setup Wizard, login security and monitoring, Automatic File Restore, Idle Session Logout, Manual and Scheduled DB Backup and firewall security.
BulletProof Security also has a pro version which offers a complete website security package with advanced features.
The Sucuri WordPress security plugin is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture. Features of the plugin include malware scanning and detection, malware cleanup, website blacklist removal and repair, security monitoring and stopping website attacks and hacks. And of course having all these security features would be useless unless you were notified of the issues. Therefore Sucuri Security makes available security notifications.
All in One WP Security & Firewall is a comprehensive and user-friendly WordPress plugin that adds some extra security and firewall to your site. Features of the plugin include a password strength tool, user login security with protection against “Brute Force Login Attack” and Login Lockdown, database security, blacklist functionality, firewall functionality, security scanner and file system security. It also protects your blog from comment spam and works smoothly with other popular WordPress plugins.
If you want to protect your WordPress website by protecting access to important files, preventing brute-force login and scheduling database backups, iThemes Security (formerly known as Better WP Security) offers its users 30+ ways to secure and protect their WordPress site. Features of the plugin include brute force protection, which limits the number of failed login attempts allowed per user, file change detection, 404 detection, strong password enforcement, database backups, online file comparisons and adding an extra layer of protection to the most vulnerable pages of your website with Google’s reCAPTCHA. iThemes Security is also robust and yet wrapped in a nice interface, which makes it user-friendly.
And finally, the Acunetix WP Security plugin is a free and comprehensive security tool that monitors your website for WordPress security weaknesses that hackers might exploit. Features of the plugin include file permission security, admin protection, database security and database backup. It crawls and scans off-the-shelf and custom-built websites for SQL Injection, XSS, XXE, SSRF and Host Header Attacks among other things. Acunetix WP Security also removes various information from the source code of pages including core update information, plugin-update information, theme-update information and Really Simple Discovery meta tag, which can all be used in the information gathering process before an attack is carried out.
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