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. Read more