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Is WordPress secure enough out of the box?

All in all, there is nothing that makes WordPress a dubious CMS. It has a secure code structure and a reputation of well-maintained CMS. WordPress has a dedicated team that keeps an eye on its security. Their maintenance efforts converge as security amendments in WordPress. Yet, WordPress websites have always been in the eye of the storm, that a cyber-attack is.

But, the core isn’t where all the problem lies. Most WordPress hacks result from using unsafe plugins & themes. Also, poor maintenance works for the advantage of hackers. According to hacking statistics, only 36.1% of all WordPress users are on the updated version 5.2. This is to say, a whopping 73.9% of WordPress users are on outdated versions.

Having said that, it is also true that you can reduce the lurking risks by following a methodical set of WordPress security measures. You will find all of these in this comprehensive WordPress security guide here.

I am reproducing some of the contents of this guide here, but do remember this is only the concise version and it is recommended to go through the complete guide.

  1. Update your WordPress CMS, Plugin & Themes
  2. Update your PHP, to the latest version
  3. Remove defunct Plugins/themes
  4. Install a WordPress Firewall
  5. Host Your Website on A secured server
  6. Customize the login page
  7. Set correct user roles
  8. Protect wp-config File to harden WordPress security
  9. Restrict Access To wp-admin
  10. Update WordPress security keys
  11. Create a unique database prefix
  12. Limit login attempts
  13. Add multi-factor authentication
  14. Setup automatic logout plugin
  15. Strengthen your passwords
  16. SSL data encryption for WordPress Security
  17. Control Comments
  18. Set Strict Files & Folder Permissions to ensure WordPress Security
  19. Hide the WordPress version number
  20. Disable PHP execution when not needed
  21. Improve hardware protection
  22. Disable script injections
  23. Download plugins from reputable sources
  24. Scan for malware regularly
  25. Indulge in regular Security Audit

In case you find some of these measures hard to implement, you can take help from this free WordPress security course here. This course has practical solutions to the crucial problems on WordPress. This is a video course and would not drain you at all.

courtesy –

Ankit Pahuja, Security Researcher (2019-present)

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