Web site security is a complex topic, but there are some basic things anyone can do to keep their site safe from digital threats. In this article, we’ll cover seven of the most important web site security tips for WordPress users.
Remove any plugins you’re no longer using.
Many WordPress websites are maintained by a single person. That means if you’re responsible for the site, then you know what plugins are on it and why they’re there. You can remove any plugin that you no longer need or use. When in doubt, contact the developer of the plugin to see if he or she still supports it (if not, this could indicate that it contains security vulnerabilities).
In addition to removing plugins from your website that you no longer use, it’s important to clean up code and remove unnecessary files from your server. The goal is to reduce the attack surface of your site as much as possible by eliminating any unnecessary functionality.
Check for updates to your CMS, themes and plugins.
The first step to improving your website’s security is to keep it up-to-date. Most CMSes, themes and plugins are regularly updated with new features and bug fixes. These updates will update the code base to fix any known issues, so you should make sure that they’re installed as soon as possible after release.
Use a CDN to protect against DDoS attacks.
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a network of servers that stores your content on its edge nodes, and sends the requests for the content to its origin server. The benefits are enormous:
- It acts as a buffer between you and your users; if one of the edge nodes gets hit with an attack, it will be able to continue serving user requests while your origin server is under attack.
- It can handle much more traffic than an origin server. When there’s too much traffic at one time, the CDN will drop some of that traffic instead of crashing your website or causing it to run slowly—this means less downtime for users who try to access your website during peak times! This also helps keep costs down because you don’t have to pay for extra resources just in case something goes wrong later down the line; if someone visits at 3am on Christmas Eve when there’s no one else around town except them (and maybe Santa Claus), then there won’t be any problems!
Use a password manager to help you remember strong passwords.
Password managers can help you create and store strong passwords that are unique to the sites you visit, so if one of your accounts gets hacked, other websites will remain safe. This kind of service is especially useful for people who have a lot of different accounts across different devices and platforms. For example, if both your laptop and phone use the same password for every site (or even just two or three), then that could be very risky when it comes to digital security. A good password manager will generate a new, random password for each account—and then save it in their own encrypted database so that only you have access to them should something happen to your device(s).
Avoid storing passwords in plain text in the database.
Many web applications are vulnerable to SQL injection attacks, which occur when an attacker inserts malicious SQL statements into an application’s database. By injecting these unexpected statements, a hacker can reveal sensitive data such as usernames and passwords that have been stored in plain text (i.e., not encrypted).
Make sure your backups include everything important on your site.
- Ensure that your backups include everything important on your site.
- If you have a WordPress site and use a third-party plugin to create backups, make sure it’s compatible with your current version of WordPress and working correctly.
- Never rely entirely on hosting providers’ backup tools—they may not save all the files needed for restoration.
Make sure you understand how to set up SSL on your site.
- Understanding how to set up SSL on your site is a crucial step in protecting your website and users from digital threats.
- It’s easy to install the SSL certificate and make sure it’s working correctly.
It can be overwhelming to think about the security of your site. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there that will help you keep your site safe. We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to improve your security and avoid common threats like malware and hacking attacks.