The WordPress and WooCommerce websites that we run and maintain can be potentially problematic when you consider that they’re not always secure. A lot of bigger sites are constantly at risk of all kinds of different problems and issues, such as malicious attacks and hacking. So when we look at something as big as WordPress, people do tend to naturally worry if it’s a secure site. At the end of the day, your site is secure. However, keeping it secure means that you need to understand a particular set of things, and also bear in mind that particular programs and options can be weak spots in the security. That’s why we’re going to be taking a look at how you can keep your WordPress secure.
Keeping WordPress Secure At The Core
WordPress can remain a secure site because the core of the site is automatically protected and updated. The site will automatically provide you with updates and patches which will help to keep your WordPress site safe to use. The small patches and updates are designed for security purposes, and they’ll keep your system up to date regarding recognising things like malware and viruses. It’s important to know that WordPress provides updates in a series of numbers denoted by three dots. For example, Version 4.9.7. This helps you to make sure you’re not downloading or approving a false update.
Plugins – Where WordPress Falls Down?
Unfortunately, WordPress as a whole can have one specific problem. Third party plugins. These aren’t connected to WordPress directly, and this can represent a security gap. They’re often targeted by hackers because they represent a weaker point in the security of the site. People don’t apply as much protection to these places as they might others, and this can be a source of problems.
The problem goes a little something like this. Plugins from third parties aren’t maintained by WordPress. They’re not regulated by WordPress. However, a lot of them are pretty useful for websites. Things that help a business to shine and to function are often third-party plugins. However, as they’re not held to the same standards as WordPress itself, there’s usually some lax security. This is how hackers can get in because they can use the plugin to infiltrate WordPress itself.
Some of our findings:
- Ten WordPress Plugins By Multidots For WooCommerce Identified As Vulnerable And Dangerous
- How Can Hackers Steal Credit Card Data From Your WooCommerce Store?
- Vulnerability in WordPress Email Subscribers & Newsletters allows to download the entire list of subscribers
- WordPress plugins and themes vulnerabilities statistics for 2017 year
How Do I Keep Plugins Up To Date?
What you have to consider about plugins is that they often are designed with low-quality standards, which is where a lot of users fall short. For example, taking credit card data from customers is often the result of plugins, and that’s seriously not something that you want to leave exposed for any period of time. Hackers are always trying to look for vulnerabilities in the software and use them to their advantage, which is why you need to be on the lookout as much as possible. You should only use the most popular plugins that are continuously updated.
Regular security precautions to protect WordPress and WooCommerce
To make sure that your WordPress is secure, there are a few different things that you need to do as an owner. Making sure that you practice good security is the best way to prevent these kinds of issues from taking place. WooCommerce site in particular needs to be carefully maintained and kept safe in order to prevent any problems from taking place. You can do certain things to make sure that your WooCommerce site is protected. First of all, you can make sure that you have a strong password for everything that you use. In conjunction with two-step authorisation, this can really help to keep you safe. Furthermore, you should make part of your weekly routine making sure that all areas of your sites, including plugins, are protected and up to date. If they’re not, then obviously you need to take the time to download the current version.
It’s also important to make sure that you have backups for your sites because this means that if something goes wrong, you can refer to the last place that everything was working fine. This adds another level of security to your system and helps you recover in the event of a problem. What a lot of people don’t consider is that you should also make the time to have a high-quality firewall in place. There are particular sites which can aid with this, but the fundamental principle of needing a good WAF (Web Application Firewall) will endure. It provides even more security and helps you to have peace of mind when it comes to your site.
Anything Else I Should Know?
Other things you should be aware of is that you have a lot of potential other security leaks. Email subscribers can be a problem, so make sure you screen those. Be wary of any email which doesn’t look right, make sure that you’re keeping track of any emails you send as a company – hackers might gain access to the site and simply send malware emails out to people without your knowledge.
Overall, these are just a few of the different things that you should know about WordPress, and it’s security. As a clean site, WordPress is actually very secure. A big website with many plugins is often vulnerable, and people, therefore, recognise this. That’s why many hackers try and fail to access WordPress on a frequent basis. However, it’s important to understand that a real problem can stem from the third party plugins which WordPress allows. These are the places where the real security issues lie. They’re not maintained and looked after in quite the same way. This can make a lot of difference when it comes to trying to keep your site running at full capacity. It’s best to make sure that you are both looking after your site and also actively checking for security updates because this will minimise the security risks and help to keep you and your customers safe.