6 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website in 2018

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WordPress is without a shred of doubt, the most popular open source website creation tool in use today. It is used to create, maintain and publish websites and blogs. WordPress is based on MySQL and PHP. Some famous sites like Techcrunch and LinkedIn use WordPress. Major news organizations, music websites, and celebrities also use WordPress.

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Why admiration and acceptance of WordPress are tremendous? 

WordPress gives you an admin panel, to manage all aspects of your website. You have a user-friendly editing interface. You also get some cool themes, automatic filters, and plugins for your WordPress driven site. It’s also open source, meaning you can do whatever you want with its software files.

Latest surveys show that 74.6 mil websites depend on WordPress. If you already own a WordPress website, you know that WordPress is also one hundred percent free (Oh yeah!).

For some amazing stats on the popularity of WordPress, check this.

WordPress in the news for the wrong reasons?! 

Unless you’ve burrowed deep underground for the last few years, you know very well that every new entity on the internet has its downsides (i.e., security lapses).

As attractive as the plugins and other features of WordPress maybe, it has its share of vulnerabilities. Famously in 2013, the 50 most-downloaded WordPress plugins were found to be susceptible to common web attacks such as SQL injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS). Later in March 2015, an SEO plugin for WordPress called Yoast, which had a user base of more than 14 million worldwide, had an exploit probability where hackers could do a blind SQL injection. Many other similar vulnerabilities were exposed later on.

Even though WordPress has responded quickly and efficiently to each one of these security errors, there continue to be vulnerabilities which can lead to exploits, which in turn can be used by hackers.

You don’t want hackers circling your WordPress site, but they are I tell you! Black-hat WordPress hackers will go to any ends to get your content compromised. So it’s time you start worrying about the risk your website is facing, and build a wall of defence against these potential hackers.

Here we outline six simple steps to secure your WordPress website.

  1. Use a STRONG password 

The first and foremost tip we’d recommend is using a robust password. Avoid the usage of part or whole of the username and follow a strict password policy. Use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. Using hard-to-guess passwords will stop those hackers right in their tracks.

Test for the strength of your password before you start setting up your website. Also, remind yourself to keep changing your password every once in a while.

Some plugins enforce the creation of a right, secure password. WordPress also lets you enable different types of password protection, viz; for your whole site, specific categories, individual pages/posts and particular content inside a post. To know more about this and the plugins used, head here.

  1. Use SSL encryption 

Google has been steering the move towards a secure web by taking HTTPS seriously, and this was spelt out forcefully with the introduction of .app in May 2018. Now, .app is the first TLD to enforce a strict HTTPS connection. As per update rolling out starting in July 2018 by Google Chrome browser will display “not secure” warning to users, if site doesn’t have an SSL certificate. Hence, HTTPS brings a considerable security boost.

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