Similar to all other type of IT security, WordPress security is neither just about hardening nor a one-time process. It is a continuous evolving process, including a number of procedures that from time to time need to be revisited. As a matter of fact, the processes of securing your WordPress websites and that of keeping your WordPress secure from malicious hacker attacks for a number of years are two different ball games. This article explains the process needed for the latter. It uses the WordPress security wheel which highlights the four different stages that you must go through to ensure the long terms security of your WordPress websites and blogs. 1. WordPress Hardening First things first; secure your WordPress website. I won’t be diving deep into the subject of how to secure your WordPress website since you can find ample of information about that in our WordPress security blog. Though here are some basic pointers to help you get started: Take care of the defaults, such as renaming the WordPress admin account and change the WordPress database prefix. Apply secure WordPress database privileges. Access the WordPress admin pages over HTTPS (SSL) and implement two-factor authentication.
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