Today, launching a WordPress site on a hosted server has become so simple and most of the developers give first preference to WordPress. With such a huge popularity, the platform has also become the main target for hackers and cyber criminals. They are continuously looking for the admins using weaker passwords or those who have failed to apply the latest patch. Though the passwords are not a big thing for users to solve, it takes diligence to keep up with the steady stream of vulnerabilities and patches, says Mark Maunder, the CEO of WordPress security firm.
The three best practices that help you block the attackers:
1. Keep updated with the vulnerabilities
- If you are managing your own site, you either have to make use of a hosting service to manage the core CMS updates or create a process to keep updated with the information on vulnerabilities that could impact on your installation.
- We can say that it is almost impossible for developers to keep updated with all the vulnerabilities. But what they are doing is, running their site and trying to keep track of all the patches.
- The web security services like Cloudflare, Sucuri and Incapsula allow the administrators to have more time to patch their sites while blocking the known attacks.
2. Don’t forget your plugins and themes
- Attackers have found a new way to get into your site; it is by targeting the plugins and themes to compromise the website. While keeping the CMS updated itself is challenging, patching each and every plugin could be even more burdensome.
- So generally the attackers are trying to own as many WordPress sites as possible using the recently disclosed zero day vulnerability and later they are using those sites for other attacks, says the CEO of WordPress security firm, Mark Maunder.
- Most of the plugins in WordPress provide security; the BulletProof Security, Wordfence and iThemes security performs various security related tasks like scanning the website for compromises and setting the WordPress site to harden the software against attacks.
3. Maintain the site regularly
- Once you host a website, it becomes your responsibility to maintain it regularly. The site admin needs to back up the site and make sure that the backup is copied off the server.
- But if you have no time to look after the site, it’s advised to go with a fully managed site. WordPress.com offers more flexibility and also has variety of templates. For other CMSs like Joomla and Drupal, the hosted service provider can manage the CMS and help you keep your site patched.
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