Online security has become a vital element, and it is something that can’t be ignored, specifically for the businesses having their websites as a means of promoting and marketing their products or services. When we talk about security of the websites, we can’t forget to mention about WordPress as there are more than 57.8% of websites that are powered by WordPress.
When approaching for WordPress web development or running your website on the world’s most popular CMS (Content Management System) WordPress, it is very important to be alert about the security threats. Of course, developing a website using WordPress is a great way to enhance your online presence. However, its immense popularity has made it more vulnerable!
In such scenario, it has become imperative for the WordPress web developers as well as for the site owners to always follow the best practices to overcome some of the most crucial security threats associated with the WordPress development venture.
Let’s have a look at each of them and their possible solutions.
– Try to login with the help of different combinations
It is possible that an unauthorized user can make attempts to login into your website with the help of various combinations of usernames and passwords. With the help of a wide range of tools and programs, such users can easily get through your website, which is called a “brute force login”.
However, you can easily prevent such attacks with the help of available plug-ins. You can use limit login attempts plug-in in order to avoid such issues. This plug-in will place a quote on the number of login attempts made by the users.
– Global registration
Do you wish to target global audience? If no, then it is advisable that you disable this option. You should make sure it is disabled by going to the Setting tab and accessing the general settings. If it is enabled, you will have to uncheck the “anyone can register” tab to disable it.
– Easily accessed by editors
Generally, WordPress site owners give access to the editors. Of course, it can be useful for the design and layout of the website, but it also increases the risk of security as you’re allowing someone to access a dashboard of your website. However, you can easily get rid of it by simply writing a code: “define ( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, True) in functions.php file.
– Using an outdated version of WordPress
It is very easy for anyone having a basic idea about WordPress to find out the version you’re using for your website. Once they identify the version, it becomes very for them to make your site vulnerable by leveraging from the weakness or security holes of the specific version. To overcome such issues, you should change the information in your page header meta and in read.html file.
Apart from all these, you should also be aware about the security threats caused by the mobile devices as most of the people across the world are using their mobile devices to surf the internet. So, make sure you take appropriate actions to prevent issues caused by the mobile devices.
What are the other security threats one should watch out in the year 2013? Share your views in the comments…!