How to Keep Your WordPress Site Secure

how to protect your wordpress website

WordPress is currently the most popular content management service in the world, powering over a full quarter of traffic that goes through the web. With 500 new websites popping up every day, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that WordPress sites are an attractive target for hackers. WordPress domains are somewhat notorious for poor security, allowing cybercriminals to use brute-force password-guessing attacks and exploitation of vulnerable plugins to access the sites of popular bloggers, storefronts, businesses, and more.

In May 2017, WordPress VIP hosting was certified under EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield frameworks, helping to improve security services for VIP customers. Many lower tier customers may still be prone to attack, however, without taking security precautions on their own. There are a couple of ways that you can keep your WordPress site safe from cyber-attacks so that you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe from prying eyes.

Managed Hosting Services

With the booming popularity of CMS websites, several reputable WordPress hosting providers have branched out to specialize in services specifically for WordPress customers. For a fee, a host will manage the speed of your website, downloading updates, backing up data, and perhaps most importantly security. Good hosting services actively scan your site for malware and work to prevent breaches and hacking attempts. You can find dozens of qualified managed hosting services that can help to improve the security of your WordPress site.

Download the Latest Version of WordPress

Alternatively, if you prefer to manage your website in-house then keeping up with the latest security updates from WordPress is one of the easiest ways to stay safe online. While regular WordPress updates don’t always offer the highest level of protection available, they target bugs and vulnerabilities in the software. In addition to enhancing your website’s security, new versions of WordPress also introduce user-friendly updates and improvements to the interface, such as the Android Media Picker in May 2017.

Using Firewall Plugins

Application and DNS level firewalls help to shield your website from malicious attacks by routing your traffic through their cloud proxy servers, monitoring and blocking security threats before they become a problem. Companies track thousands of websites to compare trends, find bots, identify bad IP addresses, and otherwise identify legitimate traffic without letting any dangerous elements slip through the cracks. There are several popular firewall plugins for WordPress:

  • Sucuri: This DNS level firewall offers intrusion and brute force prevention, malware and blacklist removal services, and protects your website against SQL Injections, XSS, RCE, RFU and other attacks.
  • Cloudflare: Another DNS firewall plugin, Cloudflare offers free CDN services, including basic DDoS protection.
  • Sitelock: A DNF level firewall with CDN services, this application firewall provides users with DDoS protection, malware scans, and removal services.
  • Wordfence Security: This popular WordPress security plugin has a built-in website application firewall that monitors your WordPress site for malware, file changes, SQL injections, and more while protecting against DDoS and brute force attacks.

The key to keeping your WordPress safe online is to take action regularly. Update your software regularly and always apply fixes as soon as they are available.