Today, websites face an increasing number of security threats. Mitigating these risks can feel overwhelming, especially when you know that no site is ever entirely safe. However, taking a lackluster approach to WordPress site security simply isn’t an option.
Fortunately, implementing the appropriate security and protection measures can help safeguard your sites from the ever-evolving threat of hackers and other attacks. Vulnerabilities can show up at any time and on any site, but if you take the right steps you’ll be able to avoid many dangers and quickly handle the rest.
In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of administering a secure WordPress site. Then we’ll walk you through five tips you can use for going about it effectively. Let’s get started!
The importance of securing your WordPress websites
When it comes to site maintenance and management, security should be at the top of your priority list. If a cybercriminal gains access to your database, not only could you lose all of your important website files – you could also compromise sensitive customer information.
Over the years, cyber security has gone through major transformations. Thanks to the constant flow of information online, news of massive data breaches travels very fast. People are becoming increasingly aware of web security risks (both to customers and businesses), and hackers are constantly introducing new methods of attack.
For example, Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) and phishing attacks are on the rise. New methods such as cryptojacking are also becoming increasingly popular. Research has found that relying on antivirus software alone is no longer a sufficient method of safeguarding online systems; a variety of techniques are needed to get the job done.
Put simply, ‘hardening’ a WordPress site is about taking necessary measures to protect it and its users. The goal isn’t to create a 100%-secure system or eliminate risk entirely (since that’s impossible), but rather to reduce the risks as much as possible.
How to harden and protect your WordPress sites (5 tips)
1. Change your WordPress database prefix
All of your site’s critical information is stored in its database. So, naturally, that’s a prime target for hackers. Unfortunately, the default prefix for the WordPress database (wp_prefix) makes it easier for hackers to guess the table names it includes, which can lead to SQL injections.
That’s why it’s smart to change the database prefix when you install WordPress. Before you do this, we suggest backing up your website. After that, you can change
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.