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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Features, Guides / Tips, Internet |

WordPress: safety tips for your website

WordPress: safety tips for your website

WordPress is one of the most popular platforms on the network, with her work millions of websites of all types, from simple blogs, to online stores that manage shopping carts, inventory and also process different payment methods . Regardless of the size or type, all these sites are exposed to various issues that may compromise their integrity partially or completely.

Although the development team works constantly to make it better and safer, no system, whatever their origin or purpose, is safe from being attacked and violated, however, if we take proper precautions can be a little more relaxed when put online our site using this platform.

A site in WordPress can be targeted for different types of attack, so let’s go over the most common security events that we may encounter and preventive actions-or corrective-we run in each case.

  • An exploit can be defined as a piece of malicious code written to exploit a vulnerability in a computer program or system. Most of these vulnerabilities are corrected through patches and components. In this sense, WordPress as a platform is quite safe, but many of the plugins available to extend its functions can be used as an access road to have their own security breaches. Faced with this problem, it is best to do some research about plugins before installing them and, if already installed, make sure they are updated. If you find a bug in a plugin, you must notify the developer so he can fix in the next update.
  • One of the biggest problems of WordPress is its susceptibility to type SQL Injection attacks, especially in the older versions. In general, this form of attack, which uses the forms on the site, is one of the most common and is used in order to extract information from the database that allows then perform more significant attacks. One way to prevent SQL injection is adding the following code to the file . htaccess regarding installation of WordPress.
  • In many ways, users represent one of the biggest vulnerabilities in a platform like WordPress. Using weak passwords, or in other words, that can be achieved by a brute force attack, is a fairly common problem. Even stronger passwords are useless if we scored somewhere where they can be discovered. It is also common that many webmasters leave the username in WordPress default “admin”, if we do this we are saving half the work to a potential attacker. The recommendations in this regard are to create strong passwords, but you can remember easily without aim them somewhere and change the username that has by default the administrator account. They can also be useful, accessories like: Limit Login Attempts or Better WP Security .
  • If at this point you’re a little worried about the integrity of your site based on WordPress, I recommend using Sucuri SiteCheck , a useful tool that scans your remote site in search of possible vulnerabilities and also provides solutions in case of finding them.

Beyond the measures we take to prevent attacks, is almost an obligation to perform frequent backups of our sites and their databases, so if something goes wrong, we will have the opportunity to restore everything to its original state. There are also many extensions developed to help strengthen security of WordPress , we should consider.

If security besides you also interested in improving the performance of your site, you can read this other article I wrote a few months ago with some tips to improve the speed of WordPress .

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