Top 5 Common WordPress Security Fails

By Noah Britton on 30 September 2018

Few things make me feel worse than a hacked website without a backup. WordPress security is not something many website owners think of but with over 32% of the internet using the technology it is the biggest target out there.

Top 5 Security No-Nos

WordPress is great but it’s not perfect. If you aren’t diligent about your security protocols, it’s like putting a target on your back. Here are some common mistakes we find among our new clients.

  • Not backing up your website daily and never testing restoring website process.

    If the worst should happen, having a recent, clean version of your website is the easiest first step in getting back to normal.

  • Neglecting to update plugins, themes, and WordPress software.

    Did you know that over 70% of hacked WordPress websites are due to outdated/vulnerable software?

  • Using admin as a username.

    This is the default username for all WordPress websites, meaning it’s the first thing that bad actors will guess when trying to hack your website.

  • Going cheap on hosting (Godaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost).

    Cheap hosting sites aren’t performing the necessary checks frequently enough to keep you as safe as possible.

  • Not having a security plugin or uptime monitoring.

    These two items are crucial for knowing when your website is working…and when it isn’t.

 

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Noah Britton

Noah Britton is the founder of Thrive with 18 years of experience in the web industry and 10 years with WordPress.