WordPress Hosting Security Tips

WordPress Hosting Security Tips

WordPress Hosting Security Tips

If you have a WordPress website, you may be concerned about the security of your website. In the following article, I will supply you with some tips you can use to ensure your website is secure. Nothing is more important to website management than security. If you haven’t taken steps to secure your WordPress website yet, this task should be at the top of your to-do list.

Be Ready with Backup

The first thing you should consider for your website is managing proper backup schemes. Even if you consider your website 100% secure, you should still create backups, just in case. Not much is worse than losing your important data. Here are a few things to remember while creating backups:

  • Backup at a Remote Location: Always store your backups on a different server than the one on which your website is hosted. If you don’t diversify your servers, one attack could wipe out all your data. You can use WHM for storing backups away from your production server, or you could use R1Soft for this purpose.
  • Remote Backups of Database: At the very least, you should maintain complete backups of your WordPress database. Only secure FTP like FTPS or SFTP should be allowed on your website. Unencrypted FTP should be disabled by default.
  • Using Redundant RAID Array: For hosting your website, you should use a host that provides a redundant RAID array for storing important information like RAID1 and RAID10. Hard drives have a tendency to fail and are not a reliable resource. Therefore, using RAID can get your data mirrored across multiple locations, which will significantly reduce the risks of data loss.

Search for Secure Hosting Providers

Do not just select the cheapest web hosting provider, as you often get what you pay for. It is recommended that you thoroughly research your hosting options before actually placing your website online. You should research hosting providers to determine which ones have the lowest frequency of attacks. But having the lowest number of attacks does not necessarily mean the host is more secure, it might just not be popular. Find the least vulnerable provider by conducting online searches.

Don’t Ignore Updates

Most of the updates launched by WordPress, for versions and for plugins, address important security vulnerabilities. These updates are patches for discovered security flaws. So, keep an eye on your WordPress dashboard for new updates, and make sure to update whenever prompted. Failing to do so will leave you vulnerable to known web attacks.

Use Strong Passwords

Even after completing all the steps listed above, there are still ways your website can be compromised. All it would take is a sophisticated brute forcing attack to hack your website if you have a weak password for your admin panel. Never set up the username of your admin panel as “admin”. This is the most common username guessed by hackers for SQL injection attacks. Also, reset your passwords on a regular basis to avoid having your password captured through keyloggers on public computers.

Select a Secure Hosting Server

Before migrating your website to a server, ensure security of that server. Research the history of attacks on each server you consider. Also, decide what kind of server mode you want. For example, you will have to choose between a dedicated or shared server.

  • Dedicated Server: A dedicated server will host only your website and cannot be easily backdoored if your website is secure. The drawback is dedicated servers cost a significant amount of money.
  • Shared Server: A shared server is one on which many websites IE: (often thousands of websites) are hosted on a single server, depending on the capacity of the server. There is a certain level of risk associated with hosting on shared servers. Even if you have completely fool-proofed your website, you can still be attacked through the vulnerabilities of the server you are using.

Access your Website Securely

It’s not just your website that requires security. You also need to securely connect to your dashboard. If you do not secure your method of connecting, then you might fall victim to session hijacking or cookie stealing attacks. Never use public Wi-Fi to connect to sensitive networks, because these are generally unsecured and often monitored by hackers. Use secure connections at your home or office with proper encryption schemes. Use proper firewall, antivirus, and antispyware solutions to keep your system protected from malicious hackers.

In recent years, cyber-attacks have been on the rise. Keeping your website secure is the only way of dodging such attacks. Therefore, choosing a secure hosting provider for hosting your website will go a long way toward protecting you from attacks.

By Chetan Soni

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