Guest blogger: Kim Bruce
Hackers are finding the open doors in WordPress and unless you know how to close these doors and batten down the hatches your site is vulnerable to attack. It is just a matter of time until you’re hacked. Artist Frances Clements Fawcett shares in this blog post how it happened to her and how stressful was.
I recommend two security plugins. The first will educate you on what you need to do. The second will scan your site on demand.
1. Ultimate Security CheckerUltimate Security Checker will scan your current installation of WordPress and tell you where and how to fix the problems. Read the entire list and what to do if your site gets hacked.
2. Sucuri ScannerSucuri Scanner scans your site for malware on demand. With just a few clicks you can harden – close the doors – the leaks that hackers look for in a WordPress installation. Make sure you harden your site again when updating to the newest version of WordPress.
Notice I said scan “on demand.”
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can run either one of these plugins once, follow the directions, and you are done. You’re not! WordPress is always developing and the only thing consistent about the Internet is that it changes.
Make it part of your login routine to scan your WordPress site with Sucuri every time you log in to your dashboard. It only takes a few minutes and can save you the hours or days of grief that Frances had to endure.
I suggest using these two plugins in combination. First manually harden with the Ultimate Security Checker and then scan ongoing with Surcuri Scanner.
About Our Guest Blogger
Kim Bruce is a working artist who runs Artbiz, where she creates websites for artists. She also teaches how to watermark images with NextGen Gallery at The WordPress for Artists School. Kim works out of her office/studio located in the foothills of Alberta just outside of Calgary.