Is WordPress safe?
Website security should be, without a doubt, one of the factors to consider before choosing the platform for your online business. There are several platform options on the market for creating websites and one of the most used today is WordPress. However, that question always arises: is WordPress really safe?
To solve this doubt once and for all, MW Online, a specialist in WordPress website creation, come to clarify this issue.
WordPress website security
As already mentioned briefly above, WordPress is used by millions of people around the world, that is, it is the CMS that you see the most around. So to get the admins of all these sites to work with the projects, there needs to be a security team behind them.
And one thing we can say without fear of being wrong: WordPress has the collaboration of thousands of programmers who identify possible flaws in the tool and update resources frequently. Therefore, bugs and attacks are constantly fought and the platform is continuously improved.
Additionally, it is the policy of the WordPress security community to always publicly disclose once a bug is fixed and the release of the fix is made. That is, with all the investment made by the platform in security, WordPress is a safe option for you to host your website.
Advantage of WordPress over other platforms regarding security
The main differential of WordPress over its competitors is directly related to the credibility of the company. Its security team has many developers who are always attentive to any attack or bug on the platform, unlike some other systems that have little manpower and reduced teams, which makes quick support and constant updating difficult.
In addition, it is also important to be aware of platforms that continue to sell their packages, but have been discontinued or abandoned, thus increasing security risks and lack of support in times of need. WordPress, in turn, is always undergoing updates in order to improve the user experience more and more.
Check out some key factors to maintain the security that WordPress has:
Be a member of OWSA, an entity dedicated to software security;
Constant update of the platform, plug-ins and themes;
Use of encryption. That is, the WordPress platform uses cryptography, in addition to advanced security measures to guarantee the privacy of data within the websites, thus preventing the leakage of personal and confidential information;
Prioritizing secure connections with HTTPS (latest versions of WordPress make it easier to configure and redirect to addresses with a TLS certificate)
Facilities for adapting to the LGPD (there are resources in WordPress and in several plug-ins that help the site comply with the new laws)
MW Online, in addition to assisting in the entire process of creating and adapting your website, also assists in good practices to keep your website safe.
WordPress and data security
Data protection is one of the main concerns of anyone who has a website/online business. Therefore, the WordPress platform is part of the OWASP or Open Application Security Project, which, as mentioned before, is an entity recognized worldwide for working to strengthen software security.
Furthermore, WordPress has a token called Nonces. This token is specific to each user and lasts for a certain period of time. WordPress Nonces is installed in the core of the platform and protects against various types of attacks, including CSRF, Cross-Site Request Forgery or cross-site request forgery. This attack is nothing more than a malicious interface performing an action on a trusted website such as changing passwords, transferring money, among others.
WordPress and the General Data Protection Act
Regulating your online business with the LGPD (General Data Protection Act) is very important. Recently, the law was enacted in Brazil and the deadline for all companies that deal with customer data to adapt is already in effect. Because of this, and also because it has been a law in the European Union for some years now, the WordPress platform has all its versions in accordance with the legislation, and it is no different in our country.
Best Practices to Always Keep WordPress Healthy and Secure
There are also some practices that should be adopted by all site administrators created on the WordPress platform to further increase the safety and health of these sites, such as:
- Always keep themes, plugins and core WordPress updated;
- Smartly select themes and plugins and extensions from trusted sources;
- Use strong passwords for hosting, WordPress and SFTP, using two-factor authentication when possible;
- Always scan the administrator’s computer for viruses;
- Use the TLS (HTTPS) certificate to leave all website communication encrypted.
It does not stop there!
MW Online has its own careful hosting server, thus increasing even more the security of its website. With MW Online’s monthly maintenance you also have full support from our security team to help with good security practices and carry out periodic updates to your theme, plug-in and website.
In short, you can see that WordPress is a safe and transparent platform in this regard, correct? In addition to being the most used worldwide. Get in touch for a no-obligation quote!