As a WordPress website owner, it’s important to make sure your site is secure. There are a few steps you can take to ensure your site is secure, and we’ll go over those in this blog post. We are going to get a little technical in the first couple of paragraphs to explain a bit about website security and why your website might not be secure. If you struggle with any of the following, get in contact with me and I will advise you further or ask your web developer if there is an SSL Certificate and HTTPs Protocols in place.
Use an SSL Certificate
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that is used to establish a secure connection between a web server and a web browser. The SSL certificate contains information about the organisation that owns the website, as well as the web site’s domain name and public key. When a web browser connects to a web server that is using SSL, the browser uses the server’s public key to encrypt the data that is being transmitted. This ensures that the data cannot be intercepted and read by anyone other than the intended recipient.
Use an HTTPs Protocol
HTTPs is a secure communications protocol for transmitting data over a network. It is the most common protocol used on the World Wide Web and is supported by all major browsers. HTTPs uses SSL/TLS to encrypt data being transmitted between a server and a client. This makes it more difficult for attackers to eavesdrop on communications or to tamper with data.
Secure sites are better
Secure websites are those that have an SSL certificate and use the HTTPS protocol. The main advantage of a secure website is that it helps to protect user data from being intercepted by third-parties. This is especially important for sites that handle sensitive information, such as online banking or shopping. In addition to data security, secure websites can also be faster and more reliable.
Search engines prefer secure sites
As the internet becomes more secure, search engines are favouring websites that are also secure. This is because secure websites are less likely to be hacked, and they provide a better user experience. Search engines want to provide the best possible experience for their users, and so they are increasingly favouring secure websites. There are a few reasons why search engines prefer secure websites. First, secure websites are less likely to be hacked. This means that users’ information is less likely to be compromised. Second, secure websites provide a better user experience. This is because users can be confident that their information is safe when they are using a secure website. Finally, search engines want to provide the best possible experience for their users. By favouring secure websites, they are able to do this.
In summary, if your WordPress website is not secure, hackers will exploit that vulnerability, break your website, and steal your information. Cybercriminals can use a vulnerability, such as a cross-site scripting flaw, to infect your website, and your website can’t detect this intrusion because it doesn’t have security software.