When it comes to WordPress security audits, there are many different perspectives. Here’s a list of some of the main questions you should ask yourself before creating a full blown WordPress security audit.
A common misconception is that the purpose of this type of audit is to uncover vulnerabilities in WordPress. In fact, security audits are designed to look at your website and decide if you need any changes. There are three key areas that will determine if the needs for changes are justified.
A Word of Caution: The first step is to test your server (without WordPress) by attempting to do some basic things without using WordPress. If your server can handle your site, then a WordPress audit is not necessary.
Check your Plugins! Plugins are the backbone of a website. Your clients and visitors rely on them to get the information they need in a simple and easy to use way. Unless you have reviewed all of your plugins and verified that you don’t have any potentially harmful plugins, it’s wise to add them to the watch list.
If your business is a technical person, then it is recommended that you look at your Website Code Review. Your code review will protect you from potential legal problems.
If you already have something like a page builder, or any admin functions for your site, then you need to double check your code. Is your template functioning correctly? You want to make sure that there are no errors that could be used to gain access to your server.
A PHP error code is an indication that your server has been attacked. If you have anything remotely PHP related on your site, then consider either removing all the files or investigating further.
It’s always best to double check what exactly you have on your website, whether you are using WordPress or not. If you are familiar with how to manage a WordPress website, you should have no problem.
It’s also important to remember that anything on your website can be taken by an attacker. Anything that relates to your security, like password creation and/or other sensitive information, should be encrypted.
A Word of Caution: A full blown WordPress audit is also a good idea when you’re going through an upgrade. You should plan on getting this done well before you go through the upgrade process. Once you’ve upgraded, and everything is working properly, you’ll find it much easier to manage a successful upgrade.
A Word of Caution: Once you get a list of plugins and page builders that you feel comfortable with, then you can move on to your next WordPress audit. Once your website and database are secure, you can take a step back and realize that your audit was more of a help than a hindrance.