Almost one-third of all websites on the web is powered by WordPress. It has been the popular CMS choice for millions of developers, people. Due to its rising popularity and web share, it is relentlessly attacked, largely for SEO spam reasons.
Here in this article, we will show you how to safeguard your WordPress SEO.
Is WordPress really safe?
The latest version of WordPress is undoubtedly safe and in contrast to SEO structure out of the box, but the old versions are not that much. This is the reason why many security concerned developer is not big fans of WordPress.
Due to its open-source nature, WordPress is not fully considered safe. But security updates are also released to make sure the security of the CMS, as it’s running more than one-third of the web.
WordPress as open source
WordPress, as we all know, is an open source project. Due to its open source foundation, it provides both benefits as well as risks. WordPress attacks are very common, the code is fully available to manipulate and inject scripts.
Plugins in WordPress also pose security risks, a loophole in the plugin code can put the whole WordPress website on the risk or bad plugins can exploit the vulnerabilities in the code to gain access.
Nothing is perfect in this world, not even the security software are secure of all the attacks. You never know what is next. But that doesn’t mean you should not have any control over.
There are certain measures that you can take in order to not to fall into the security holes.
The very first things and the most common security measure that most of us ignore. We always underestimate the power of updates. But updates are the savior. Latest security patches are released with every update to ensure security against known bugs and flaws.
You must turn on automatic security updates for your WordPress website. Let it install updates automatically because you never know when a security flaw or vulnerability will turn into a nightmare
Always use secure passwords for WordPress admin and even for the database. Use a strong and complex password with alphanumeric and symbols key combinations and try to maximize the length of more than 8 words.
Simple passwords are common and easy to crack, with advanced machines and software simple and common passwords can easily be cracked effortlessly. Password length also plays a vital role if possible use a minimum of 16 characters when setting up a password for high security.
Plugins also play a core vital role in WordPress website. Plugins updates are very essential and must not ignore, no matter how much security measures you are taking with WordPress but if your plugins are not updated or are not from valid sources they can still pose a risk.
Downloading plugins from valid sources is essential, watch the ratings, research a bit about the plugin and keep plugins up to date because WordPress is an open source project and plugins do have the power to manipulate the core code.
If you have an admin user role, then you should create another user for yourself with limited scope. Use that profile instead for tasks that don’t involve admin rights. This way even if your session gets hijacked you will still have the admin rights to change passwords.
If you know about hosting and manages it then you should also give an eye on file permissions. Commonly 755 is used for folder and 644 for files.
You can limit the access to the files on the server. There are few critical files which you must lock down using the .htaccess file and by changing file permission or by running chmod command on Ubuntu.
Setting strict file permissions can ensure nothing can be written to the file, not even by WordPress. You can give write permissions when needed but lock it when not in use.
You can also lock down the wp-login.php file using .htaccess rules. Limiting the access only to your IP and a few other members of your site to ensure no third person can try login. This also a great and secured step towards WordPress security.
Prevent XSS and SQL injection
The most common and scariest attack is cross-scripting(XSS) and SQL injection. But you can bloc some of these attacks by using query string rules in the .htaccess file. There are some plugins out there for the same, go through the reviews and research a little bit over the web to find out the best plugin in the market.
You can use some plugins for another layer of security. Wordfense is a popular plugin, the sucuri scanner also has paid option which will scan your installation files and much more features, Ninja firewall is a sure try plugin can limit the request-based attacks. You will find much more after researching online. There is so much of knowledgebase available for WordPress websites.
No software is foolproof or you can say loop proof. Every software at some point of time can have a security flaw. With ever-changing technology, machines are becoming smart and so do hackers. They find new ways to accomplish their greedy missions.
We cannot have any 100% foolproof way to deal with this but we sure can take some preventive measures to stay ahead of this kind of issues. Online threats are common nowadays and WordPress threats are even more common due to a large number of the web using this CMS.
We would like to suggest you follow these above steps and we are sure it will be worth. These small steps can save you a ton headache. You never know when you will be the next victim but you do know what to do.
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