Website security is important now more than ever. Since the COVID19 global pandemic hit, there has been a large spike in people working from home and shopping online, and with that cyberattacks have increased substantially. The fact is, all websites are prone to being hacked, especially WordPress as it’s open source and anyone can read the code. But don’t let that deter you from building a website in WordPress as it has a lot to offer.
By implementing a few security best practices, you can reduce your risk of being hacked.
Update Plugins and Themes
WordPress plugins and themes are always being updated. To reduce the risk of being hacked, it’s important to keep them up to date. Hackers actively search for outdated websites they can attack. To avoid being hacked, make sure your website is always up to date.
Use Strong Passwords
Hackers use computer programs to repeatedly log into your website using thousands of the most commonly used passwords and what are known as “dictionary” words. The risk can be eliminated if you choose good passwords. Strong passwords should include:
A good password manager such as LastPass is a good storage solution for passwords and will even generate strong passwords for you.
Website Security Plugins
Consider using a website security plugin on your website. I recommend Wordfence Security. I use it on my website and have also used it on my client’s websites. It has a free version as well as a paid version. It includes a Firewall, Security Scanner, Live Traffic and Manual Blocking just to name a few.
There are other website security plugins as well, such as: