This tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, we look at ways to tighten computer security as part of your WordPress security and overall web security plan.
Please also review our WordPress Security Guide For Beginners and our free WordPress Security Checklist.
Computer Security – A Guide For WordPress Users
WordPress security begins with your own personal computer.
Like most people who have embraced the information age, you probably use your computer and mobile device for everything, from communicating with friends, family and work colleagues to storing important information like passwords and sensitive documents, files, and data, plus entertainment, online banking, investing, and shopping.
Our widespread use, dependence, and reliance on computers leaves us constantly open to potential security threats from hackers, crackers, and attackers. While some people may be looking to ‘phish’ your personal information and identity for resale, others simply just want to use the resources of your computer as a platform for attacking other unknowing targets.
Having the tightest security and protection available for your website is useless if someone can break into your computer and find the text file that you keep with your site’s login credentials sitting on your hard drive.
WordPress Security – It Begins With Your Computer
Many website owners unknowingly contribute to their own website’s vulnerability by ignoring the connection between the security of their home or business computer and the security of their website or blog.
Your computer is your first line of defense when it comes to keeping your WordPress site (and everything else that is important to you) secure from online attack by hackers and malicious users.
It is vitally important, therefore, to ensure that you are aware of computer security issues and that you learn how to harden the devices you use to log into your website.
One of the main strategies involved in hardening your computer security is to give hackers many ‘hoops to jump through’ (i.e. obstacles). The idea is to make your computer difficult to break into on multiple levels. Hopefully, by making hackers and people with malicious intent work hard to crack one layer of security only to be faced with another obstacle, they will either get frustrated and fed up, and leave your computer alone in search of an easier target, or their attempts to break into your device will be prolonged enough to be detected and stopped by the security systems you have implemented.
In this section, we will focus on important aspects of securing your computer hardware. In a separate tutorial, we will cover software security issues, such as protecting your computer from spyware, malware, viruses, etc.
The main topics covered in this section include:
- Creating A Computer BackUp System
- How To Add A Physical Layer Of Security Between Your Computer And The Internet
- Hardening Computer Security
- Keeping Your Computer Operating System Up-To-Date
- Additional Computer Security Tips
Keeping your WordPress site secure involves developing and implementing a plan to secure your computer devices. Now that you understand the importance of securing your computer, the next step is to create a computer backup system.
To learn more about creating a computer backup system, see the tutorial below:
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