I hear the question all the time..
Is WordPress Secure? Yes, if you secure it.
You need to think about your WordPress Security the same way you would look at your car or house when living in the city. You would always lock the doors and turn on the security system right? That is what you need to do for your website.
There are some really easy ways to secure your site. Starting with Your user name and password. On Day one when you are setting up your site. Ensure that you select a unique username and password. Don’t use the default “Admin” , try something like “AdminLLS” my initials. I always recommend that you have two admin account with different email address, in the event something happens to your account or your email.
You should lean towards strong passwords, this means that the password has lower and upper case letters as well as numbers and or special characters. Don’t use you partners, or your kids names. It is better if it is not actually a word if you can remember something like that. Change your password often and never write it down
WordPress is not setup to auto-update, this is a great feature. In the past if there was a problem discovered, it might take a day or week to hear about and then you would need to update. You would be at risk until the update completed. Now if the auto-update you do not have that problem.
Theme and Plugins
The same as WordPress Core you should update your themes and plugins, it can take a couple of days or weeks for developers to update their plugin, but as soon as it is available, get it done. Ensure that you remove and delete any plugins that you are no longer using as well.
Back it up
Last but not least, back up your site. There are some really awesome plugins, that allow you to choose what you backup, from your database to your entire site. Even if you have a ISP that does regular backups you should also being doing your own. You can schedule them to send you and email or save it to your dropbox account. How often you do the back up depends on how often you are making updates. I recommend a monthly backup as a minimum and weekly ones if you are doing 2-3 posts a week or more.
It doesn’t really take that much to keep your website secure you just need to do it!
Tomorrow’s post is Pages, Posts and the Kitchen Sink.
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