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 This is to say, a whopping 73.9% of WordPress users are on outdated versions.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.
- Update your WordPress CMS, Plugin & Themes
- Update your PHP, to the latest version
- Remove defunct Plugins/themes
- Install a WordPress Firewall
- Host Your Website on A secured server
- Customize the login page
- Set correct user roles
- Protect wp-config File to harden WordPress security
- Restrict Access To wp-admin
- Update WordPress security keys
- Create a unique database prefix
- Limit login attempts
- Add multi-factor authentication
- Setup automatic logout plugin
- Strengthen your passwords
- SSL data encryption for WordPress Security
- Control Comments
- Set Strict Files & Folder Permissions to ensure WordPress Security
- Hide the WordPress version number
- Disable PHP execution when not needed
- Improve hardware protection
- Disable script injections
- Download plugins from reputable sources
- Scan for malware regularly
- 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.
Ankit Pahuja, Security Researcher (2019-present)