How to boost your WordPress site’s security

There’s no foolproof way to completely make your site secure, but there are some simple steps you can take to boost security and put up a good fight. This ebook will teach you why WordPress sites get hacked in the first place and then walk you through 11 easy ways to increase security. Ready? Let’s toughen up your site

Why do sites get hacked?


To help you understand how to keep your site safe, it’s important to first understand why
hackers attack websites in the first place. Especially if you only run a personal blog or tiny
eCommerce shop, no one should want to mess with it, right?
Not necessarily. Hackers go after websites for three main reasons:
• They want to use your site to send spam email.
• They want to steal access to your data, mailing list, credit card information, etc.
• They want to cause your site to download malware onto your user’s machines or your own
machine.
Malware, or malicious software, can be installed in a way that makes it very hard to tell it’s even
there. Great for the hackers, not so great for your site. Hackers will often do this to use your
machine in larger scale attacks, such as a Denial of Service attack.

 

Why do hackers target WordPress, specifically?


The short answer – because it’s popular.
Put yourself in the mindset of a hacker for just a second. If you want to take over a lot of websites for your own nefarious purposes, would you spend all of your time trying to find vulnerabilities on a platform only used by 500 websites, or would you try to break the platform with
hundreds of millions of sites? Because WordPress is so widely used, it’s an incredibly popular
target for hackers.
The WordPress core is very secure, which makes it pretty hard to hack into. But because anyone can write additional tools for WordPress, such as themes and plugins, it’s possible that not
all extensions live up to the same code review standards as the WordPress core. It’s possible for
a very popular plugin to have security flaws that can impact thousands of WordPress sites all at
once.

Don’t fret though; the open-source nature of the code is also what makes it strong. It is what
allows white hat hackers to find exploits and report them easily so holes can be patched. It is
what allows developers to help improve security over time. It is what allows third parties to
create even stronger security solutions that
can be installed right on top of WordPress.
The bottom line is that your WordPress site
could get hacked at any moment (that’s true
for any site). But there are several things you
can do to increase security and make it a
little harder for hackers to mess things up.
Here’s a list of some of those extra ways to enhance your site’s security, starting with the most
basic (and essential), working up to the more advanced options that may not be necessary or
practical for everyone.

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