The more popular you are, the more vulnerable you become, and boy is WordPress popular. Just type in “WordPress” in Google and you get this… “About 1,840,000,000 results (0.75 seconds)”, that’s one-billion-eight-hundred-forty-million returns. On top of this, 90 percent of basic Hosting companies provide a quick and very convenient method to get WordPress installed and up and running in just an hour or so, and just 5 minutes with just a bit of experience. Here in lies the problem, the out of the box the WordPress install is open to attack by malicious server scans (AKA: Port Scanning), bad requests, and many other scary technical monsters hiding under the bed.
WordPress security just like its popularity is a very large subject, so are Firewalls. In a nutshell, a firewall is a network security method that controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on a predetermined set of security rules. Sounds good until you start to implement it. To the uninitiated, it can be mind-boggling, and can quickly become 100 times more complex than SEO. There are many types of firewalls, software based, hardware based, and server based, for more info see the footnotes below. For the scope of this article, I am only going be referring to a server based method.
The 6G Firewall 2016 is a fantastic state-of-art firewall that deploys server directives via the htaccess file on your server host. The 6G Firewall 2016 is totally free and requires no plugin, note however if this is your first time diving into this level of WordPress security it can be a bit intimidating, But It has wonderful documentation to get you up to speed in no time. The 6G Firewall 2016 is under timely development and 6G Firewall 2017 is already in the works. There is no time like now to start hardening your WordPress site. I hope this article enlightens you on need.