Hacking, security intrusions and security vulnerabilities are a major concern for WordPress sites due to a number of platform-specific factors:
POPULARITY: In the same way that Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system, the popularity of WordPress makes it a primary target for hackers who exploit vulnerabilities in outdated themes, WordPress plugins, and WordPress core files.
Third-Party Extensions: WordPress plugins and themes developed by third parties contribute to the versatility of WordPress. However, if these aren't regularly updated or come from unreliable sources, they can introduce security risks into the WordPress platform.
Human Error: Weak passwords, failure to keep plugins, themes and WordPress core files updated, and improper configurations often result from human oversight. These security failures can open doors for potential WordPress vulnerabilities.
Access Control: Improperly managed user roles and permissions can lead to unauthorized access, compromising the security of a WordPress website.
WordPress itself is not inherently insecure. The WordPress core development team is actively involved in improving security measures with frequent updates and patches to address vulnerabilities. However, site security greatly depends on proper website maintenance and management. Regular updates, strong passwords, timely installation of security plugins, and adherence to best security practices significantly mitigate potential risks and vulnerabilities.
At Checkmate Productions, we specialize in the maintenance and management of WordPress websites. Call us at +1 801 633-4262.
Security is a critical component to the successful management of websites built using WordPress. Since WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS), WordPress sites are frequently the targets of professional hackers and are vulnerable to various security threats if not properly protected, maintained, and hardened.
Here are some of the practices that we employ to harden and protect WordPress websites for our clients:
WordPress security is an ongoing process that requires continuous attention and updates to WordPress core files, plugins and themes as new vulnerabilities emerge. By implementing these best practices, we can significantly enhance the security and safety of your WordPress website.