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Security for Beginners

Security for Beginners

Learn the basics to keep your WordPress site secure. Make security important before it is too late.

Michele Butcher

May 09, 2015

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  1. Michele Butcher WordPress Specialist, Site Cleaner, and Trainer for WP

    Security Lock WordPress Evangelist for InMotion Hosting Geek behind Can’t Speak Geek Beginners and Intermediate WordPress Instructor
  2. Many do not think security is important until it is

    too late. Every single day hackers find new ways to get your information. Todays features are tomorrow’s vulnerabilities. Stop them before they stop you
  3. Why do hackers hack? Make bank build a zombie army

    Share their nasty code with the world Get your information They are bored They want to see if they can do it
  4. But…Why are they hacking me? There is rarely ever a

    targeted hacking attack. Typically all sites are considered targets. The big and the small.
  5. And how do they get in? They guess your login

    information Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) Through a file in a theme, plugin, or anything on your server where they found an exploit Through your FTP and/or cPanel configuration
  6. A test site or a site that might get 5

    visitors a day can be hacked. It happened to me and it can happen to you.
  7. Never ever never use “ admin” as a username or

    “password” as password. NEVER!!!! Any questions? Adm1n and Pa55w0rd do not count either!
  8. Only give users the access they need Just because they

    want to be an admin does not mean they should. Guest bloggers should rarely every be anything more than a contributor.
  9. If it is a temporary login, delete the user when

    the job is done If they do have posts, you can convert them to different users or make them a subscriber with limited access.
  10. Set up file detection Many security plugins like iThemes Security

    and WordFence will alert you when files have been changed
  11. Only keep the theme you are using and one backup

    theme on your site. The more themes that are on a site, the more open chances you have to a vulnerability
  12. Only keep the plugins you have active on your site.

    An uninstalled plugin is not a potential vulnerability. Use the plugins repo favorites option to keep a list of your favorite plugins
  13. Security Plugins iThemes Security (Free and Pro version Securi Firewall

    WordFence Security Jetpack with Brute Protect and Vault Press
  14. Always make backups! Backup Buddy, UpDraftPlus, BackWPUp Always save to

    someplace OTHER than your server Save them to Dropbox, AWS, email, or your local machine Have them scheduled to be made daily or at least weekly
  15. Malware Scanning? Do I need it? If you suspect an

    issue scan your site! Google Webmaster Tools VirusTotal iThemes Security Pro Sucuri Scanner
  16. Update! Update! Update! Update core. Update themes update plugins! The

    biggest reasons of updates is typically security or feature related. The biggest source of nearly all hacks is due to lack of updating.
  17. If you use Envato products (ThemeForest and CodeCanyon) always check

    the box in the downloads to be notified of updates. That is the only way you will know if any of their products need to be updated. This is why the RevSlider infection was so widespread. Many did not even know the plugin was built into their theme.
  18. Don't ever let your site get too lonely. That is

    when the zombies come. 
 Nobody wants the zombies to come
  19. If the unthinkable happens and you do get hacked, it

    is not the end of the world. It can and will be fixed.
  20. No one wants to lose their information stored on their

    computer. Back everything up and back it up often! Bitcasa Carobinte External Harddrives