WordPress Security: Not an Option, but An Essential.
If you have a WordPress site to handle and you frequently download plug-ins for its enhancement, one question that should always loom around in your mind should be- Is my site safe enough? Is it prone to hacks and viruses?
WordPress security is extremely crucial, and beginners, as well as long-time users, should be aware of the various online dangers they face and the ways they can tackle them:
- Protect your web page: Your site may have high chances of getting hacked due to the numerous plug-ins you often download for your site. For that reason, WordPress has the Anti-Malware plug-in which scans for viruses that have taken root to your site and help to remove traces of malware if any. WordPress also offers the feature of Anti Virus Plugin which works to the same effect. Then another useful plug-in would be Bad Behavior which blocks spam bots before they become active; thereby preventing link spam from taking up space in your comments section or the guestbook.
- Free plug-ins: Any business person on a limited budget may be tempted to download a free plug-in for their site. But such plug-ins may come with malicious viruses and malware. Such sites are an open invitation to your site destruction. It may be a hacker’s direct line to you. So you should download plug-ins from official and recommended sites only.
- Use .htaccess to protect important files: WordPress security offers the feature of .htaccess which is central to its function and protects your entire site’s security. It affects the way your site structures permalinks (a permanent hyperlink to your blog or a web page) and maintains their safety. You can hide your personal information and data that you do not want hackers to access.It is advisable to cover up the author’s username so that the hackers do not have easy access to your page.
Your plug-ins should be updated regularly, and it would be helpful if you delete the plug-ins which you do not use anymore so as to reduce the chances of any viruses. WordPress offers a lot of tips and facilities to the users with which they can guard the hard work that they have put into their sites. Beginners should be aware of such features and fully utilize them to their benefit to refrain from heartache in the future.