Content security is an important aspect of website management. You always have to ensure that you’re your site is safe from hacking. WordPress is one of the most common and effective Content Management Systems (CMS). It also accounts for the largest percentage of hacked sites around the world.
But how do you manage your WordPress site to ensure that you are free from hacking? Well, here are five ways you can do it.
Constantly update plugins and keep them secure
WordPress employs an open-source system of access to plugins and themes. This widens the areas of attack as anyone can gain access to the codes. Installing too many plugins places your site at risk of hacking. While it is advisable to install updates, you always have to monitor the installs and make sure that they are all secure.
Use strong passwords
Strong passwords help limit the chances of brute force attacks. The stronger your password is, the less likely it is that hackers can guess several combinations to arrive at the exact password that will grant them access to your site. At Sasahost, we always recommend that you never ‘remember’ passwords in browsers. This ensures that even if you lose the device, no one can use it to gain access to your site. Always use strong passwords to insure yourself against unwarranted attacks.
Ensure your web host is using Firewalls
Firewalls help identify and stop attacks directed to your site. You should consider having one if you are to secure your data. Sasahost servers are secured with Comodo Web Application Firewall (CWAF) which provides powerful, real-time protection for web applications and websites running on Apache, LiteSpeed, and Nginx on Linux. CWAF provides advanced filtering, security, and intrusion protection. It protects sensitive customer data, meets PCI compliance requirements, blocks unauthorized access, and prevents SQL injection and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.
Restrict access and user roles
How far you allow users to penetrate the website is in itself a security threat. The higher the number of users with increased permissions, the higher the risk of potential hacking. You always have to make sure that all logins are well monitored and always block users that begin displaying suspect tendencies.
A website backup does not necessarily prevent any form of attack. It does, however, help you quickly become operational again in the case of a devastating attack where you lose most or all of your data. Always make sure you have a backup to alleviate the possibility of having to start from scratch when your site is taken down by a hacker or malware.
Above are five basic checkpoints towards web security. More options including SSL certificates are also valuable. Safety starts one step at a time; host with us today and get security guidance as you continue to grow your business online.