How To Keep Your WordPress Website Secure

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One of WordPress’s biggest selling points is the sheer number of available plug-ins. Let’s look at the facts, these plug-ins are essential for the functioning of any website or blog, without which even the menial tasks appear daunting. Additionally, these plug-ins are free of cost which is another big plus.

What could possibly be the downside? One of the first considerations that should cross your mind after installing a plug-in is whether it is safe. Most people don’t understand the significance of installing a plug-in from a malicious source, until they have suffered the consequences.

In order to maintain your website functionality in the long run without any malicious code damaging your website’s framework or to thwart any hacking attempts, take extreme care when selecting a source to download your plug-in from. Not all are safe and some even have backdoors built into them for a third party after they are installed.


Ensuring that you’ve downloaded a Safe Plugin

Out of the thousands of plug-ins available on WordPress’s website, a significant number of them have been developed by the community of WordPress users. What would happen should you install a plug-in with some type of ‘exploit’ built into it? Nothing good, unfortunately but unfortunately there are quite a few plug-ins floating around on the internet infected with malware; these can cause your WordPress security to go haywire.

How to know whether the installed Plug-in is safe?

Prior to the introduction of WordPress security monitors, there was no sure way to check whether an installed plug-in was safe. The WordPress monitor scans through all the plug-ins installed for any security vulnerabilities.
It can also scan the plug-ins for malicious code or malware which includes Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Rootkits, etc. Hackers hard code malware into the plug-in for many reasons. One of these involves stealing your web traffic wherein when a user clicks on one of your links, they are redirected to another website. Your website can even be blacklisted by Google leaving you helpless as it falls off the search pages as its popularity declines. So yeah, it’s absolutely crucial that you scan your website for any and all plug-ins you plan to install.

Take Web Security Seriously

Security of web applications is typically taken for granted by quite a lot of users, up until their blog or website gets hacked. Understand that any website can be hacked. As long as your website has ‘hack value’ you are under threat. Hack Value is a term used to describe what a hacker can gain if he attacks your website. Make sure to stay off a hacker’s radar by ensuring your plug-ins are secure.
The best solution against an infected plug-in is to secure your site with WordPress Monitor. Simply Google ‘WordPress Monitors’ and choose one from a trusted source. You can do that by going through online reviews of each one you think is feasible and pick the one that adheres to your security requirements.

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