JULY 24, 2017 8 MINS READ
Two Crucial Things of WordPress website: WordPress security and WordPress maintenance
We all know professional websites need to be maintained regularly. Apart from the general maintenance task, some WordPress security related tasks must be done regularly.
There are certain WordPress security checks you can do by yourself. Performing this WordPress security maintenance regularly will improve your WordPress security by 10% every month.
In this post am going to share the common WordPress security checks can be done by yourself in the regular WordPress maintenance process.
Improving WordPress Security Is A Chore
As I always mention WordPress Security is not a single click process it is something to be done regularly. Reducing errors at each stage and moving the website one step closer to the safest zone. Say for every WordPress website security maintenance you improve your website security by 5% to 10% your website is becoming more perfect.
[blockquote]”Secured websites are not just made over night, secured websites are attained by regular maintenance”
Some basic fixes can be done by yourself to make your website safe and secure. Brianna on her Cybersecurity statistics post mentioned that “In Q3 2016 alone, 18 million new malware samples were captured”
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Sucuri lists the most common malware family threatening the websites
Every day approximately 66k new viruses are found. This shows why we should really think of upgrading our website security regularly.
Maintaining your WordPress security doesn’t need to include technical side alone. There are certain tasks you can do by yourself which doesn’t need much expertise.
Clean Up Spam
Spams are not only an annoying element but it is also a security threat for our website and our visitors too. Spam is a common term there are many ways to spam but the most common way that is used on a website is in the Comment section.
The comment section is always prone to spam. Spammers throw a hook in the comment section with attention grabbing text as bait and wait for the prey to bite it. As a website owner, it is our responsibility to clean these spams. Luckily you got Akismet plugins to help you with this.
- Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam
- Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator
- URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links
- Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user
- A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site
Run The Latest Version Of WordPress
2007 and 2008 are the worst year for the WordPress. During these years WordPress faced a lot of security threats. In 2007 WordPress server was compromised due to some backdoor attack in WordPress 2.1 version.
In 2009 WordPress regained its security level. Now WordPress has its own internal security organization comprising of 25 security experts. WordPress releases regular security updates to keep the world’s most beloved CMS a safe place.
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When you built your website on a version say 2.1 you make complete changes, built your own plugin for the version 2.1. When a new version 3.0 comes due to the fear of losing your theme and plugin you built over 2.1 you hesitate to update. To be frank it’s a blunder.
Even now in WordPress 5.0 front end editor Gutenberg editor, new customizers are coming. The interface which we all are using now is going to change; at least a little. But the thing is new version is more user-friendly and secure.
If you have made enough complex thing with the website it is better to get a tech support. If you are a person like buy install and work without any customization then you can do this by yourself.
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Update Your Plugin and Theme
The most common security threats are SQL injection and cross site scripting. The window they most commonly used to get into your website is through your themes and the plugins.
According to the SUCURI report, 61% of the WordPress website attacked was out of date. In the 1st quarter 0f 2016; 25% of the website security infringement is through the plugins
Regarding themes, you need to care about a lot of things other than the looks. Check out our recommended themes for the best theme providers. Updating the core WordPress is a good thing that there are certain things you need to do before that.
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Once you felt that all the plugins you use, the theme you are using has the compatibility to the latest version then update the core WordPress. When you find that some of the plugins or theme won’t get further updates it is better to remove it from your site.
Server Side Security
You can also improve your site security from the server side also. Following tasks are simple it doesn’t need any technical skills.
- Remove unnecessary services, unused modules and application extensions. Because we don’t regularly check these services and extensions if we are not using them. We may not be aware of the flaws it developed over the course of time plus you can save the place on your server.
- Separate development / testing / production environment. This helps you to keep the server side environment of your WordPress website clutter free and also easy to manage and protect the data.
- Maintain a Separate Database and also use two step verification process. It helps the chances of breaking the code a tough job.
- Add password to wp-admin to help secure your admin login area
- Install SSL, it provides encryption to your data and guards you against phishing
For further detailed steps check our WordPress security checklist
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WordPress Security Software
The above mentioned WordPress security maintenance tasks can be done once in a week or a month. We cannot sit all day along with your website, we’ve got works to do.
To continuously monitor your website you can use the security plugins. These WordPress security plugins take care of the minor healing processes.
WordFence is a sensitive WordPress security plugin, always monitors your website. It has the features like,
- The firewall protects you from the hack and malicious software waiting on the internet to exploit your website.
- It not only protects you from entering compromised sites but also blocks the malicious software, bots, and hackers from getting into your site.
- The plugin also provides scanning features and real time monitoring feature to stop the attacks then and there when it happens.
Sucuri the snake is always a keep up its duty of protecting your precious website no matter what it takes. Following are the features of Sucuri
- Remote malware scanning, where the Sucuri’s own security scanning engine scans your website
- Security file integrity monitoring to protect your data
- Security blacklist monitoring and security notification features
- Post hack security feature if your website is back from the hack attacks to improve its immunity
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The blacklist is taken from the Sucuri Labs, Google Safe Browsing, Norton, AVG, Phish Tank, ESET, McAfee SiteAdvisor, Yandex, Spamhaus Bitdefender. Their blacklist report for 2016 q3 is shown below.
Improve Your WordPress Security
These are the basic security fixes you can do by yourself to improve your site security. All these fixes are minor fixes. When you do this continuously it improves the immunity of your website and lessens the chances of getting hacked.
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Though these are all minor fixes; when fixing the security issues goes beyond our expertise it is better to get the expert support. There are certain WordPress issues that we should not try by ourselves.
How often you do your WordPress security maintenance and updates? Share with us in the comment section, if you feel I have missed other fixes please mention it also in the comment section, I will add the appropriate option. Happy website!!