How to protect your WordPress from Vulnerabilities

How to protect your WordPress from Vulnerabilities

WordPress is a viable choice for developers who are looking for ease and convenience to create, edit and manage a website. Special thanks to its user-friendly admin interface where users can make the changes quickly. Nowadays, it considered as the most preferred choice for the maximum number of website owners. However, since it is popular, it is also enticed by the attackers and hackers. This vulnerability may ruin your market position and user’s trust.

So here are some essential tips that may help you to protect your WordPress from vulnerabilities and attacks:

1. Restricts the Login Attempts

Usually, hackers keep on trying different password combinations and username continuously to hack a WordPress website. Therefore, the restrictions on the number of attempts for the user may be safe the WordPress site. Essentially, the websites for membership or the ones that require providing access to admin area to users must limit login attempts.

2. Monitor Your Site to Check Vulnerabilities

Make sure to check your WordPress website for vulnerabilities. In fact, it will also detect security loopholes if found on your website. It will also evaluate all your website activities and lets you know if something is fishy in your website.

3.  Upgrade the WordPress Version

Updating your site version based on the latest updates is important. It is because a newly version of WordPress comes with a bundle of new features with bug fixes. This new update will help in resolving any security issues that you might have encountered in the older WordPress version. Make sure, if you receive any update notification run that update instantly. You may also install plugins to protect your website.

One can also enable the following line of code into your theme’s wp-config.php file, to install major WordPress releases automatically.

define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, true );

4. Choose the WordPress Theme wisely

People are generally fascinated with the plethora of WordPress themes available online. These themes are free and paid too. Many times, free themes tend to contain faulty code that is highly responsible for making the site prone to hacking attacks. But, if you have gone through wrong theme selection it leads to greater risk. Therefore, you must carefully choose your WordPress theme from a trusted source.

5. Create Backup of Your Site Regularly

Create Backup of Your Site Regularly

You might incidentally break your site while upgrading your website theme or plugins. Therefore, it is highly recommended to create a backup of your site and its contents on a regular basis. It will certainly keep your site protected against any unknown threat. If in case, your site is hacked, and all your content is stolen. A backup will help you reload your deleted content. Make sure to choose hosting providers that can assist in creating a backup for your site.

6. Avoid Trackback Spamming

The trackback allows WordPress users to communicate with other bloggers, by providing notification alerts in WordPress dashboard. Not only this, but it also shares useful insights and carries out significant conversations with their readers. But it attracts many online spammers. It is performed as no verification is performed on the trackback which people receive on the website. It increases the chances of fake trackbacks.

7. Use Unique Password and Username

It is the most overlooked factor of WordPress from Vulnerabilities. Many times site owners do not bother to change the default “admin” username for a WP site. This is one of the biggest clues for spammers and malicious user to break a site by using the default username. Try any username which cannot be predicted by hackers. You must follow the guidelines when creating a password in your WordPress site. It should comprise of a lower-case letter, uppercase letter, symbols, etc.

Hope these security tips will help you protect your WordPress site against hacker attacks. Although there are many other options to protect your WordPress website, you can make attempts at safeguarding it from vulnerabilities.

Author: sophiaphill

I am Sophia, my forte is WordPress and my work exists at the intersection of web development and technology blogging.

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