How to Perform a WordPress Security Audit

Do you own a blog or website that has WordPress as one of its users? Are you also an admin or other user in your blog using the same password as your user name? If yes, then you want to make sure and remove that account from WordPress altogether. Someone trying to gain access to your via a brute force attack will use a user name such as admin instead of a user name such as “wordpress”. That is where “WordPress security audit” comes in.

When it comes to securing our systems from malicious people we need to use strong passwords, we need to change them regularly, and we also want our passwords to be hard to hack. But do we also want our admin passwords to be simple regular passwords? Of course not! For those simple regular passwords and their corresponding random variations should always be changed, and this is where an effective WordPress security audit comes in.

When you are doing a security audit on your WordPress blog or website, you want to first go over everything. Make a list of all files, themes, and plugins you have installed on your system. There should also be a list of themes and plug-ins which are not needed but can make your system look a little better. Also note any information on post types that could be malicious. Add these items to your list in the security audit trail so you can have all of these things checked as well. It is also a good idea to create a backup of everything you do to ensure that nothing gets lost.

The next thing you will do in your WordPress security audit is to look over your two-factor authentication system. Two-factor authentication involves the use of at least one actual user account versus an email address. There are benefits to using a real user account such as having a phone number associated with your WordPress user account. Another advantage is being able to determine who posted the information to the website.

If you find that there are several user accounts on your blog, it might be best to remove them and create a new dashboard for your administrative functions. This can be done by clicking on’manage dashboard’ under ‘dashboard settings’. Under the ‘Delete’ box you should change to the ‘Remove’ button. Once your dashboard has been changed, then you will need to go through and check to make sure you have removed all posts from this user accounts that are no longer needed.

The next step you will take during your WordPress audit is to check your hardening plugin. This is important because if your hardening plugin is not working properly then you are more likely to have problems with your website. The WordPress hardening plugin is used to create a layer of security around your blog. You can disable the hardening plugin altogether if you wish but it is much more secure to harden your WordPress installation. If you disable the hardening plugin, then you will not be able to successfully login to your website.

When you perform your WordPress security audit, you should also look for plugins that are not working properly or are broken. One popular plugin that many people leave alone but which can cause security issues is the option in your themes. If you disable the option, you can prevent search engines from indexing your old versions of your themes. They may index your newer versions but search engines won’t. This is another reason why many people want to disable this plugin.

One last step in your WordPress security audit is to look at backups. WordPress will make a series of backups to ensure that everything is protected. However, there are some times when this backup solution is not working correctly. In order to find out whether backups are working or not, perform a security plugin search. There are hundreds of WordPress security plugin options available on the WordPress website. Once you have found the WordPress backups that you require, save them as a PDF file and upload them to your server using FTP.