WP Hardening by Astra Security is a tool which performs a real-time security audit of your website to find missing security best practices. Using our ‘Security Fixer’ you can also fix these with a single click from your WordPress backend.
It is a task to achieve the basic WordPress security measures without using multiple plugins. Ironically, this induces higher risk of a compromisation for websites with so many plugins at work. Multiple plugins also ask for better maintenance, updates, which many webmasters failed to comply. WP Hardening plugin solves this problem and more.
WP Hardening is a one-stop solution to implement security recommendations for your WordPress website. It is effortless to use and works efficiently from your WordPress backend.
Astra Security is a Techstars company & the winner of the French Tech Ticket Program. Awarded as The Most Innovative Security Company at the Global Conference on Cyber Security.
Astra’s vision is to make cyber security a five minute affair for businesses
Astra’s promise to a business owner is that their business would be secure without any ifs or buts. If a business is using Astra, they will be secure – no questions asked.
- WordPress Version Check
It checks if your website is on the latest version or not.
- Checking Outdated Plugins
It checks if your website is running the updated plugins or not.
- Checking PHP Version
WP Hardening also checks if your website is running on a secure version of PHP.
- Checking File & Folder Permissions
WP Hardening also checks if your website is built on the secured version of PHP or not.
- Database Password Strength
We check the strength of passwords used on your database. Not having a secured password can become an easy target for Brute-Force attacks.
- Checking Firewall Protection
We’ll check if your website is being protected by a firewall or not. Firewalls leverage a great monitoring and filtering system on your website. Check out the features of Astra firewall here.
Admin & API Security
- Stop User Enumeration
Hackers & bad bots can easily find usernames in WordPress by visiting URLs like yourwebsite.com/?author=1. This can significantly help them in performing larger attacks like Bruteforce & SQL injection.
- Change Login URL
Prevent admin password brute-forcing by changing the URL for the wp-admin login area. You can change the url only when this fixer is disabled.
- Disable XMLRPC
XMLRPC is often targeted by bots to perform brute force & DDoS attacks (via pingback) causing considerable stress on your server. However, there are some services which rely on xmlrpc. Be sure you definitely do not need xmlrpc before disabling it. If you are using Astra firewall, then you’re safe against xmlrpc attacks automatically.
- Disable WP API JSON
Since 4.4 version, WordPress added JSON REST API which largely benefits developers. However, it’s often targeted for bruteforce attacks just like in the case of xmlrpc. If you are not using it, best is to disable it.
- Disable File Editor
If a hacker is able to get access to your WordPress admin, with the file editor enabled it becomes quite easy for them to add malicious code to your theme or plugins. If you are not using this, it’s best to keep the file editor disabled.
Disable Information Disclosure & Remove Meta information
- Hide WordPress version number
This gives away your WordPress version number making life of a hacker simple as they’ll be able to find targeted exploits for your WordPress version. It’s best to keep this hidden, enabling the button shall do that.
- Remove WordPress Meta Generator Tag
The WordPress Meta tag contains your WordPress version number which is best kept hidden
- Remove WPML (WordPress Multilingual Plugin) Meta Generator Tag
This discloses the WordPress version number which is best kept hidden.
- Remove Slider Revolution Meta Generator Tag
Slider revolution stays on the radar of hackers due to its popularity. An overnight hack in the version you’re using could lead your website vulnerable too. Make it difficult for hackers to exploit the vulnerabilities by disabling version number disclosure here
- Remove Visual Composer / WPBakery Page Builder Meta Generator Tag
Common page builders often are diagnosed with a vulnerability putting your website’s security at risk. With this toggle enabled, the version of these page builders will be hidden making it difficult for hackers to find if you’re using a vulnerable version.
- Remove Version from Stylesheet
Many CSS files have the WordPress version number appended to their source, for cache purposes. Knowing the version number allows hackers to exploit known vulnerabilities.
- Remove Version from Script
Many JS files have the WordPress version number appended to their source, for cache purposes. Knowing the version number allows hackers to exploit known vulnerabilities.
Basic Server Hardening
- Hide Directory Listing of WP includes
WP-includes directory gives away a lot of information about your WordPress to hackers. Disable it by simply toggling the option to ensure you make reconnaissance of hackers difficult
- Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’ in your admin dashboard
- Search for ‘WP-Hardening’
- Install WP-Hardening once it appears
- Activate it from your Plugins page
- WP-Hardening button will appear on the bottom left of your admin dashboard