If you’re running a website powered by WordPress and you’re not a web security expert chances are your site is vulnerable to security breaches. There are many ways hackers can break into your website through WordPress security leaks (which are active by default unfortunately) but there are a few free plugins on the repository which can help reduce the chances of your website being hacked.
The plug-in we are focusing on in this post is the WP Security plug-in by Acunetix. WP Security is a great tool which analyzes your WordPress installation and database structure for security vulnerabilities and offers recommendations on how to fix them. It also includes a database backup tool for fast recovery (incase something goes haywire…which isn’t likely but could happen) and a feature to rename your database prefix to something more secure instead of the default “wp_” prefix.
We should point out though that some of the security fixes do require access to the WordPress core files such as wp-config.php and some knowledge of PHP code would help as well. The best way to access your core files would be through an FTP connection directly to your server – you can use the popular and free FileZilla software for setting up FTP server connections and managing server files. You may also be required to make permission changes to certain files and this can also be managed through FileZilla.
If you need help securing your website feel free to contact Pulsar Media for a free quote on securing your WordPress website…trust us when we say it’s worth the investment.