[box]Do you own a website or blog?
My latest blog post “Concerned with website security?” covers a few precautions that we/you can take.
Fortunately, WordPress takes security very seriously, which is why they’re one of the most trusted platforms to build a website on today.[/box]
The internet can be a scary place, unstable, and un-secure. Many of us own and maintain websites and blogs in this post-Jetson’s era, and have a lot of our business and/or personal information published out there in the world wide web. Regardless of your knowledge or understanding on the subject, we need to take some responsible,”healthy” precautions.
WordPress talks more about the “Hardening” your website or blog in this somewhat thorough article, if you’d like to read or learn more.
Checklist of precautions to practice or hire out:
• Make the WordPress software updates, plugins, theme, and other updates – in the Dashboard of your website – as they’re made available.
• Report the issue directly if you think you’ve found a security flaw.
• “…make sure you are running secure, stable versions of your web server and the software on it, or make sure you are using a trusted host that takes care of these things for you. If you’re on a shared server (one that hosts other websites besides your own) and a website on the same server is compromised, your website can potentially be compromised too even if you follow everything in this guide. Be sure to ask your web host what security precautions they take.
• Make sure your wp-login always has a strong password. Create a strong password, and change it every so often. “The goal with your password is to make it hard for others to guess. Many automatic password generators are available that can be used to create secure passwords.”
• When connecting to your server you should use SFTP encryption if your web host provides it. If you are unsure if your web host provides SFTP or not, just ask them.
• Make sure your plugins are always updated. Also, if you are not using a specific plugin, delete it from the system.
• Back up your data regularly – or make sure your host does for you!
WordPress takes security very seriously, which is why it’s one of the most trusted platforms to build a website/blog on today. They offer very frequent WordPress updates to their software, always helping improve and correct any potential security issues. It is our responsibility as a website or blog owner, to make the updates to our own sites, as they’re offered by WordPress, or our Plugins – or hire someone like me to manage it for you!