Once open-source software becomes the most widely used content management system on the Internet, it will undoubtedly also become a target for hackers.
WordPress, an open-source platform, powers over 18.9 percent of all websites, which amounts to more than 74 million sites total.
The platform has received quite a bit of negative attention recently for its security vulnerabilities. If the proper steps are taken, however, WordPress can be just as safe as other CMS systems.
Has Your Site Already Been Hacked?
Sucuri, a website security and malware protection site, provides a site check utility that scans your site to ensure it has no publicly visible signs of malicious activity.
Also, set your site up on Google Search Console (formerly called Webmaster Tools) as it will notify you of a website breach. You can visit the hacked site information page to learn more about Google’s process for marking sites as malicious.
Once you know your site’s status, there are several steps you can take to ensure it is as secure as possible.
Update, Update, Update.
Update WordPress Core, Plugins and Themes.
Hardening Your Hosting Server Protects WordPress Files & Others
- Set correct file permissions
- Private hosting is preferred
- Use a strong User Name and Password
- Use Security plugins like Wordfence and Bulletproof Security