WordPress has exploded in popularity in the past five years. Unfortunately, it has also become a favorite target for hackers.
Here are a few simple steps that you can take to keep your site safe:
- UPDATE PLUG-INS & THEMES:
Just as it is important to keep your antivirus software up-to-date on your computer, it is important for business owners to protect their CMS platform by regularly updating plug-ins, themes & Word Press when updates are available. The updates often contain security patches to protect plugins and WordPress itself from exposure to security breaches.
- HARD TO CRACK PASSWORDS:
Typically hackers work like an amateur burglar who walks down a hallway testing doorknobs until they find one that opens. To avoid this type of break-in be sure that you are not using the default ‘admin’ as the username and come up with a strong password.
- BACK UP:
Be sure to back up your site and store it on a hard drive and a cloud server if possible for double the protection. Make sure that they also have a focus on security (like how https://www.mirantis.com/software/docker/security/ operates, to name one example).
As annoying as they are, installing CAPTCHA fields will make it more difficult for spam robots to send and create a traffic jam on the mail server.
- PURCHASE THEMES AND PLUGINS FROM REPUTABLE SOURCES:
Experience has taught me to be wary of unknown themes and developers. I personally try to work exclusively with the Genesis Framework offered by StudioPress. Although sometimes I have clients with a theme in mind from another source, I am sure to do my homework before investing the time and money.