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 Hackers actively search for outdated websites they can attack.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:
- 12 or more characters
- Contain upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
- Never be stored in plain text
- Never be sent by email
- Never be used for more than one website.