How secure is WordPress

Develop Website using WordPress

Here’s the truth,  34% of all the websites is developed in WordPress, taking both CMS or a non-CMS websites. Be it in Drupal, Joomla, Weebly, Wix or any other technology.

Meaning WordPress powers over one-third of the web! And if you limit the data set to only websites with a known CMS then WordPress’ share increases by another significant percentage. (source)

But the question that comes very often to a freelancer who approaches any client is

is WordPress secure?

How to secure a WordPress website?

Did you know that most of the measure that make your website secure isn’t dependent on what CMS you use, its how efficiently you use them. Here’s a few honorable mentions:

  • Updates : Keep your WordPress site updated, plugins, themes and the WordPress version. This will help you avoid malware and prevent hack attempts on your site.
  • Strong Passwords and Appropriate Permissions: Don’t just distribute admin access like its nothing. Keep your passwords strong and not something that can be easily guessed like Qwerty123$ or Welcome123$ etc..
  • Web Hosting: Here is how a good web hosting company works in the background to protect your websites and data.
    • They continuously monitor their network for suspicious activity.
    • All good hosting companies have tools in place to prevent large scale DDOS attacks
    • They keep their server software and hardware up to date to prevent hackers from exploiting a known security vulnerability in an old version.
    • They have ready to deploy disaster recovery and accidents plans which allows them to protect your data in case of major accident.
  • Use of SSL : SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol which encrypts data transfer between your website and users browser. This encryption makes it harder for someone to sniff around and steal information.
  • Install a firewall : There are multiple plugins available with both Free and Premium options.

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