Increase Security of WordPress blog/website

As we know WordPress is most popular blogging platform. Also used for content publishing tool. Many big and popular websites using WordPress. So we must consider WordPress Security there always hackers out there and try to find any vulnerable things to hack the website. WordPress.org providing regular updates to its core files. They give more priority to the security of WordPress CMS.  Anyhow we must do some extra things to secure website from our side.

WordPress Security

In this post I am going to discuss about general actions to take for how to secure WordPress website. Also some useful plugins to increase the security. As I said before WordPress core is very secure by all means. Hackers come to site via external themes or plugins we are using on the site. These are the things we remember while using WordPress to increase security:

  • Always update the WordPress core files to latest version. Sometime vulnerable code exist in old version WordPress.
  • Always update plugins and themes using to latest version available. Latest version will provide new features and security fixes. Attackers try these way to gain access to dashboard or inject malicious code to the site.
  • Avoid using ‘admin’ as username for administrator. This is default common one, so its more easier for attackers.
  • Use a strong password for login will help more security. simple password can get using simple brute force attack program.
  • Use themes and plugins downloaded from trusted resources. Nulled theme or plugin may comes with malicious code inside.

Lets look some useful security plugins:

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

iThemes Security is the number one WordPress Security Plugin.

This plugin gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site. After install the plugin the dashboard gives many checklist of features admin to choose. There is also number of advanced options for more experienced WordPress users.

Sucuri Security

This plugin also expert plugin to secure WordPress website. It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture. Designed to have a positive affect on their security posture.

Using this plugin we can track all the activities of dashboard even with many user profiles. It will also scan all the files including WordPress core files for any abnormal or malicious code.

All In One WP Security & Firewall

A comprehensive, user-friendly, all in one WordPress security and firewall plugin for your site.

Like other security plugin this also provide better security with some good features.  Features include user login, database security, firewall, blacklisted etc. It has a simple user interface to manage the features.

Wordfence Security

Wordfence also provides the best protection available for your website. It will constantly scanning for any malware and gives alert to admin. It provides live traffic to visibility and shows any hacked login attempts.

This plugin blocks bruteforce attack and can add two factor authentication via SMS. You can also block traffic from a specific country. It also includes a firewall to block fake traffic

BulletProof Security

BulletProof Security is another popular security plugin. It will takes care of many things like other plugins. It adds login security, backup logging, firewall security, database security,  and more. It comes with simple setup configuration. Just activate this plugin and then relax. plugin will take care of your website.

Conclusion

I hope this article provides useful information about how to increase increase WordPress Security using plugins and some other things to take action. Using these we can avoid malware attack, website hack.

About the author

Vinu Narayanan

I am a freelance web developer, travel addict and work-in-progress human being based in Kerala, India. I have 5 years of experience in Wordpress and I love to work in this CMS.

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