As much as hacking is over-estimated, it is also under-estimated. No, the tone is not philosophical here. As website designers and owners, you have been searching for hacking only in huge evidences – a strange thing like a violent video clip being posted out of nowhere on your website. But have you considered the comment box you left open contains many hazardous things from abusive words to malware. There are many minute factors we choose to ignore that contribute to WordPress security.
Pop-ups shouldn’t annoy you so much
The pop-ups on your dashboard that irritate you are actually your saviors. Updating your website for the latest WordPress version is the best possible and simplest precaution. The update reaches you on your dashboard and keeps you ahead of any previous flaws. The theme you chose for the website and thought was only a matter of taste, also serves as a gateway for hackers. Updating themes keeps your hacker guessing. The updating section cannot be completed without plug-ins. Right from securing database to ensuring better login processes, updating plug-ins takes care of details that you miss but hackers don’t. WordPress security is enhanced by updating regularly.
How guessable is your password?
The log-in processes can also be taken care manually. Constructing better and safer passwords also ensures safety. You might be tempted to keep it as your spouse’s name, but don’t forget your social media accounts have all your information. ‘123…’ or ‘password’ is anyone’s guess. Be sure that you have alphabet letters, numbers and special characters – all in one password. Your user name also affects the safety of your website. Choose your user name carefully. Common names like ‘admin’ or your ‘name_surname’ is not the ideal way. Also, with the help of plug-ins, keep the number of login attempts before your account gets locked less. The hacker’s job becomes tougher because of this. You can challenge your own WordPress Security by choosing lame passwords and allowing a great number of unsuccessful login attempts.
Do you backup regularly?
Lastly, disaster management is any business’ essential. Taking a backup is especially required when you migrate from one theme to another or from one update to other, but a back-up should always be there. There is a risk of getting hacked every day. We know that sounds scary, but precautions are the best cure. You have a list already! WordPress security exercises include taking backups.