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Is WordPress safe?

WordPress security is a topic that should be in the center of attention of over 30% of owners of all sites in the world. Currently, about 1/3 of all websites on the web use WordPress. Do you think would such a large number of website owners – including many global brands such as BBC America, MTV News or Sony Music – decide on a solution that doesn’t guarantee an adequate level of security?

Certainly not. In fact, WordPress is a relatively secure solution. Relatively – because it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of hacking a website, regardless of which technological solution the website is based on.

In the beginning WordPress is safe

The WordPress core itself – that is, the software files present immediately after installation and before adding external plugins, are constantly tested and improved by a team of programmers and testers, whose task is to detect potential vulnerabilities in the software, and then remove them.

Each time a vulnerability is detected in CMS, all website owners are notified of the appearance of a new updated version of WordPress.

Therefore, regular WordPress updates are one of key conditions for maintaining WordPress security.

But keep in mind that „bare WordPress” has a very poor set of uses. It is at most suitable for running a poor-looking blog. Similarly, you need to know that WordPress itself is only one of the links in the entire website security system based on this CMS. The security of most WordPress sites depends on:

  • Hosting security;
  • The quality of the plugins and themes used;
  • How the site is managed by its owner;

Attacks on WordPress take various forms

The range of potential dangers to which WordPress-based website owners are exposed varies. The most common are:

„Force method”

This is the most primitive method of trying to gain access to the site. It assumes entering different passwords in the user panel login window. It is obvious that in this case, the weak link in the security system is the user who decides to create a password like „admin123”.

Injection SQL

This is a particularly popular type of attack that targets our website’s database. In its simplest form, this attack involves injecting SQL code into our database, which allows someone to take control of it. A successful SQL injection operation can even lead to the hacker deleting our entire database. It’s worth getting interested in installing the WordPress plugin called „Injection Guard”.

Malware

Malware – a popular way of attacking computers with malicious software. To avoid it, remember about all software updates, i.e. the WordPress core, themes and plugins (including unused ones). The most common effect of malware is creating redirects to random pages, inserting bad backlinks – this has a negative impact on website SEO.

How to take care of WordPress security?

There are no security features that cannot be broken, but by making many changes to our site, we can make the site attack much more demanding. Below is a list of things that every WordPress user should pay attention to.

Change login page address

Every internet user who knows WordPress knows how to log in to the admin panel of the site that uses this CMS. It’s worth changing the default address from:

mojastrona.pl/wp-admin/

for one that, even if it won’t be difficult to guess, at least it will not be exactly the same as for millions of other WordPress-based websites.

Application of the „Lockdown feature” mechanism

The solution causes that after several unsuccessful attempts to log in to the WordPress admin panel from a given IP address, the login window is blocked. This is extremely important if you try to launch brute force attacks on our site.

Two-step verification for WordPress

When introducing security to our site, it is a good and increasingly common practice to use two-step verification of users logging into the account. It is best if, in addition to the required username and password, the person logging in must be authenticated by their phone.

Themes and plugins only from trusted sites

It was already said how much damage extensions can do from unverified sources. Plugins should only be downloaded from trusted sources that have a good reputation in the WordPress community.

Regular backups

In a situation where it is too late to prevent an attack, the best remedy for the problems caused by the attack is to restore the backup from before the attack. This is both a page copy and a database.

According to the information presented above about the CMS in question, it can be safely stated that WordPress is a secure content management system, provided that a few key principles resulting from its specificity are followed. Of course, when it comes to cyber security, you can never have a 100% guarantee, but you can effectively minimize the risk of threats, by complying with the above principles.