This tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, we look at ways to tighten software security as part of your WordPress security and overall web security plan.
Have you already gone through our tutorials on how to keep your computer device secure? If you have not completed these tutorials yet, we recommend doing so before complete the tutorial series below.
To learn how to keep your computer device secure, see the training module below:
Software Security Guide For WordPress Users
Malicious software (“malware” for short), is a growing problem worldwide.
Once a malicious software program is installed on your computer, it can completely slow down or disrupt your internet connection, track your activity, mine your personal data or business information, destroy your computer, harm your business and cause great problems in your personal life.
Signs that your computer may be affected with malware include a slowing down of your computer, or sluggish performance, even when you only have a few programs running, and extremely slow internet speeds. Typically, this happens because an unauthorized software program or script is taxing your system and using your resources to send out information to other computers.
Malicious software isn’t just found on “nasty” sites. Your computer could also end up hosting bad scripts or viruses simply as a result of having visited reputable sites and agreed to allow certain things to get installed on your computer in exchange for downloading some piece of software or application that you were interested in using.
Preventing malware from infecting and causing damage to your computer requires a combined strategy that includes online security education, using various software protection programs, configuring specific settings on your computer and security software, and general safe web surfing practices.
In this series of tutorials on software security, you are going to learn about the most common types of software-based security threats and how to protect your computer from being infected by malware.
Topics covered in this series include:
- Common Software Security Threats
- How To Prevent Malware Attacks: Antispyware, Antivirus, and Firewall Software
- Software Security Tips
Now that we’ve touched briefly on the importance of keeping your computer’s software protected, the next step is to learn what some of the more common types of security threats are.
To learn more about common types of security threats, see the tutorial below:
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