The most critical aspect of your online presence is security. If your website is not secure, it is vulnerable to fraud, identity theft, or even worse, a complete admin takeover from a hacker. A secure site requires action from both your host and your end in multiple areas of your security ecosystem.
One of the first steps to understanding your security ecosystem is knowing what services are available for WordPress hosting and security. If you are currently running a hosted WordPress site, make sure your host is using the following:
Security Services for WordPress
If there are multiple user accounts running on your server, you should be isolated with suPHP – a tool for executing PHP scripts with the permissions of their owners. This also removes the need for an FTP layer in your CMS and for insecure 777 permissions. It consists of an Apache module and a setuid root binary that is called by the Apache module to change the uid of the process executing the PHP interpreter.
Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations. It stops certain known and unknown exploit attempts, limits number of vars in request methods to prevent resource exhaustion DoS attacks, and stops resource abuse by other accounts on the same server.
This is your first line of defense against common attacks such as SQL injection attempts on vulnerable scripts. It will also block known and unknown exploit attempts in all HTTP request methods, and define custom rules on the fly to block emerging threats that match specific patterns in request.
Open_basdir can be paired with suPHP to further protect users. If used without suPHP, this application should be paired with an appropriately configured disable_functions directive (exec, system, etc). Open_basedir stops PHP processes from opening files outside of specified base directory, even if they are set to 777, but does not directly stop the PHP process from launching other processes such as a perl script which can then access other files on the server with insecure permissions.
Finding a Secure WordPress Hosting Company
When you need a WordPress hosting company, you should find a fully-compatible, performance-tuned and secured host who focuses on high quality business hosting for WordPress. Rochen host owns and manages all of their own servers and hosting infrastructure, and upholds the strictest security requirements for WordPress hosting.
Rochen masterfully hosts WordPress-powered websites right out the box without any configuration hassles or permissions-related problems. Their performance-tuned and purpose-built platform is seamlessly secured for websites who require specialized WordPress hosting.
Easily install and manage your WordPress hosting account with Rochen, a web hosting leader for businesses and webmasters throughout the United Kingdom and United States. If you are looking for high quality, reliable and completely secure WordPress hosting service for your site, then Rochen is your answer.