We all put up a lot of effort in creating and managing your Business / Blog Website built on WordPress. Thus its security becomes a prime concern for us. We are always vigilant that some outsider may hack and damage our website. Though there are ways we ourselves are compromising with our website’s security and making it vulnerable to attack from hackers and spammers. Let’s see 11 major ways you are unknowingly compromising your WordPress website’s security :
1. Leaving Inactive Plugins – We all have a habit of installing a number of WordPress plugins to check their working. We usually deactivate them if don’t find them usable. In long run, we gather a lot of such inactive plugins in our website, which are no longer in use and also not going to be used in future. We also usually forget to update these plugins. These plugins can become the source of trouble. Hackers can use them to gain backdoor entry to your website and damage it. So it is advisable to remove these inactive plugins properly without leaving a trace.
2. User Accounts Security – Letting users create accounts with weak credentials can also become a big problem. Especially if this user has some sort of role to play in managing the website. Hackers can make use of any of these accounts to break into your website. Put some restriction on users so they have compulsorily to create a strong password.
3. Admin User Account Security – For admin user, you must be extra careful and even keep the URL of login page non-guessable to the hackers. There are few plugins available for the same. Also never keep the username of admin as admin. It reduces the effort of a hacker to hack your website as he already knows the username and only has to guess the password now. If you keep username and password both strong and not easily guessable, the hacker will find it really tough to break in.
4. Unmoderated Comments – If you are in a hurry to garner more comments on your posts or website and have left the comments un-moderated, you have made your website a paradise for spammers and they will take full advantage of it and flood your website with a comment including links to various websites. Don’t let any comment pass unmoderated. Read them and publish them only if you find them reasonable.
5. Using Obsolete Version of WordPress – WordPress keep updating itself to fight the known vulnerabilities in its earlier versions. Thus keeping it safe from any possible attacks. When we are not keeping our website’s WordPress version updated, we leave a way for the hackers to get into our site and harm it. Updating WordPress website is not very difficult, it can be done with just a click of a button from the admin panel. So do it before its too late. Its good keep a complete backup of the website before making these updates. Version 4.9.5 is the latest version of WordPress as of now. Check if you are using an older version of it. Also, there is one more problem with the older version, that new themes or plugins you might like to use might not be compatible with the older WordPress version and may open up new vulnerabilities.
6. Using Obsolete Version of Theme – Same as the WordPress version, theme version is also important. Theme authors also keep updating their themes based on new trends. They may add new plugins, page builders, demo layouts or other cool stuff in their theme. They may also fill the security gaps in their theme by adding new functions or scripts. Also they have to keep up with the changing WordPress versions. So to keep your theme working properly, you need to keep updating it. It will keep your website safe and more user friendly.
7. Using Obsolete Version of Plugins – Obsolete plugin is also one big issue when we talk about WordPress website’s security. Some plugins author stops updating their plugins. If you are using any such plugins which are not updated for a long time, you are making your site vulnerable to attacks. You should very soon try to find an alternate plugin which can fill up for this obsolete plugin. Also while installing a new plugin check when it was last updated. As a thumb rule don’t install any plugin which is not updated in the last 6 months.
8. Ignoring Server Security – If your server security is compromised there is no use of securing your WordPress website whatsoever. Server security is not to be left unchecked for your website. You must buy hosting from an authenticated hosting service provider and don’t go with short-timer or cheap companies.
9. Allowing Registration Without Authentication – If you allow people to register on your website, it must not go unchecked. I mean you should always have an authentication system. Though WordPress has its own email authentication system, an additional authentication will be no harm. No fake users or bots should be able to register on your website. These fake user and bot attacks make your website vulnerable.
10. Using 3rd Party APIs without proper security – In this era of Web Services it’s no surprise that you might be using a 3rd party API on your WordPress website be it Payment gateway API or SMS gateway API or any other. The data access from these API must be via secure routes and encryptions.
11. Not Keeping Regular Backups – Whatever best you try, there is always a chance that someone would find a way to destroy your website. Even you see bank website are not 100% secure, social media site like Facebook, Twitter also gets hacked. You should always keep a disaster management system handy. If you are running a WordPress website or any other type of website, you must take regular backup of your website. If you are adding new content regularly you should take a weekly backup and if not a monthly backup would also do.
By taking care of small thing you can keep your WordPress website safe atleast from your side. Let the hackers or spammers have a tough day. If you read till here you would surely have liked the article. Please subscribe to our newsletter and ask if you have any WordPress related/unrelated query in the comment section.