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How To Secure Your WordPress Website

WordPress Security Tips

WordPress is an amazing CMS to have but with its popularity comes a price. WordPress websites are considered possible targets for many crackers. It needs to be well cared for as black hat hackers are always out there trying to invade.

 

Secure Network

A secured network is a must. Are you using a secured network at home? Make sure your neighbors are not “borrowing” your internet. Everything might look fine, but your neighbors could be the hackers and you would never even know it. Firewall and virus protection should work, not just “installed”. If you are serious then this is just repetitious.

Start by remembering you do not wear the same clothes all the time. That will help you remember that software changes as well. Remember to make sure you have the most up to date version of WordPress. As software changes, programmers change different lines of code not only to improve your experience but also to provide an underlying layer of defense against hacker attacks. However, just because you have updated to the best WordPress version do not put the version details anywhere on your site. Keep that detail to yourself. No sense letting hackers know they need to step up their game.

 

Optimizing Usernames and Passwords

“Admin” is NOT an appropriate username. If you have that as a username, please stop reading right now and change it. You basically have already provided any hacker the first step in the process of attacking your site. Anyone with “admin” as a username is an easy target. The only thing left to figure out is the password. Passwords are also a very touchy subject when it comes to security. Within your WordPress site, you should use a STRONG password. Your password should be of lowercase, uppercase, and symbols. It should be at least eight characters long. Keep this login in information safe. Do not go sharing it with people. You should not have the same password for everything either. Once a hacker figures out your password for one account all your accounts are hacked. Passwords should also be changed frequently. A strong password must consist of at least 15 characters that contain small letters, capital letters, special characters, and numbers.

WordPress has its faults. What? NO! One is where it displays your username name in the URL of the author archive. Can we say open invite to hackers? You need to disable this as you do not want every hacker to know your username, just as you do not want the username of “Admin”. However when you change this you actually will be changing it to a “nickname” and you will be changing it in the actual database. You can use any letters or numbers you would like but no special characters. This makes it very hard for hackers to figure out what exactly your username really is.

Your WordPress login should have limited attempts. Having a WordPress login with unlimited attempts is like having a site for hackers with a sign that reads “Please Guess My Login and Attack Me”. It is an open door to a cyber-attack. A hacker-controlled bot could attack and take over your site.

WordPress will not email you for your login and password. Please do not fall for that lame hacker attempt. No matter how amazing the email looks, how professional, do not click anything or enter your password into that email. Otherwise, you are looking at a hacker attack, your site being taken over and many emails to WordPress explaining the whole ordeal.

 

Time To Backup!

Backup, Backup, Backup, there is no way to say that enough. Anything can happen to crash your site and without the proper backup, well you are starting off at square one. Backing up databases will not be enough, you will need to actually complete a full backup and have it be automatic. Automatic, because like most of you will forget about it and it will not get done regularly. There are many WordPress plugins that can accomplish such tasks, pick the one that you feel comfortable with. Some of them are paid ones with extra features and functionalities.

 

Themes and Plugins

Themes and Plug-ins also need to be updated. You should always check for updates regularity. Should you see a Theme or Plugin that you do not use or do not plan on using, get rid of it, DELETE IT! There is no point in keeping it. Try also to avoid free themes if you can afford a premium paid one as they tend to be faster, safer and better coded.

 

Dealing With Malware

WordPress is not immune to Malware. It is evil. Malware sticks to programs, it hides behind files, and it is a hacker’s best buddy. You should be doing a scan every day. Hackers do not sleep, they are at it night and day. Just because you scanned yesterday does not mean you should not scan today. You should also be leery of free downloads and sites that you have not been to before.

Should the worst happen and some evil cracker breaks through, ensure that you have disabled the file editing feature through your WordPress dashboard. This at least prevents some of the damage they can create while invading your site. It makes it so they cannot edit the code while being in your dashboard.

Remember it is not WordPress’s fault should a hacker break through to your site. There are many security plugins and steps you can take to prevent cyber-attacks on your site. You must remain vigilant at all times as hackers are thinking of new ways to break through your defenses every day. Always keep updating to the newest versions, remember to keep everything backed up and scanned for malware. This will be the only way to ensure you keep one step ahead of the black hat hackers.

 

WordPress Security Best Practicies

Wordpress Security Best Practices
 

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(Last Updated On: 12/07/2017)
Roland Zelhof
Roland Zelhof
An online entrepreneur and the founder of Labinator.com. He has more than 8+ years of experience in web development and digital marketing. He is also a video game developer and open source advocator.