WordPress has been around since 2003. It’s grown from a basic blogging platform into a very popular fully-featured content management system. It’s easy to set up and even easier to use. No wonder it currently powers over 34% of websites around the world!
Unfortunately, this also means that it is becoming a very popular target for hackers, data miners, and other people with malicious intent to break into your website’s database and use whatever they find for their own benefit. And, especially since the GDPR dropped some tough data protection rules in place (you did make your website GDPR compliant last year didn’t you?), loss of data can be potentially very expensive and can even sink your biz completely.
Nowadays, more than ever before, it is vital to keep your WordPress website secure. How do you do that, you ask? Here are a few quick tips:
- run your website with a secure/proven web host
- check your website for WordPress core, plugins and themes updates – they’re mostly security-related but can also bring in new features; if you see some, install them *)
- check for any spam comments in the admin area of your website, delete them (do not just mark them ‘spam’ because they’d stay in the database – deleting them is the only way to remove them from the database as well)
- check for any spam user accounts that you did not approve or don’t belong to any of proper users, especially if you run a subscription-based website or an online shop where user registrations are enabled to facilitate some advanced features (like accessing order history, etc.)
- run virus checks on all your devices that you use to access your website’s admin area – it may not be apparent but this is the most frequent cause of an infected website.
*) make sure to always create a full backup of your website before you do any changes to it, even updates from a respectable plugin or theme developer can break it from time to time.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing any of the above, talk to the person who designed or manages your website and ask them to do it for you.