A Beginner’s Guide to Securing WordPress websites
Securing WordPress is as important to your website as the monetization of your website, It is an open source platform, which means the original source code is made available to the public, programmers, and hackers for modification. You don’t want to give a hacker free access to the very powerhouse of your website. Taking a few precautionary measures to protect your website is a step in the right direction to realizing the goal you set for your website. Today I’m in the mood of dishing out empowering information to people who need them, so I will be teaching you the ultimate guide to WordPress security.
Here is the best approach securing WordPress
1: Don’t use the “default” admin username
WordPress comes with a default username “admin”. An experienced blogger or WordPress user always knows the importance of deleting this default username and coming up with the customized username. Come to think of it, it’s in the human nature to identify with originality, so why go with a username that has a global recognition? Besides being very common, every hacker’s first attempt at hacking a website is trying the wp-admin default login access.
Open your WordPress website Dashboard and navigate to “Users” and click on the “Add New” to create a new user and provide admin right’s to a user and then login with your new user account and delete or rename your “admin” account.
2: Use strong passwords
There is a reason, in the sign-up process, most websites suggest using a strong password. This could come in form of using a combination of unique characters like different alphabets, capital letter, numbers and punctuation marks. A combination of these would eventually pass for a unique password, depending on the length. Tools like 1Password and LastPass could come in handy here, to help you generate strong and unique passwords.
I love to use LastPass for managing my strong passwords, Click on LastPass Plugin in your Browser and Select the “Generate Secure Password” option to create your Secure Password.
and finally, click on the “Use Password” option to use this password.
3: WordPress Hosting
In recent times, the big players in the website hosting industry go an extra mile in protecting their servers against threats. The onus lies on you to do your research and find the right hosting for your WordPress site with a reasonable level of security. Because of the vulnerability of shared hosting, a hosting platform where multiple users share the same server, the risking of having a hacker attack a neighboring website is very high. Hosting providers like Bluehost and Hostgator provide very reliable hosting with a good amount of security.
4: Install a WordPress backup solution
We understand that there is no ultimate solution to internet security. Even the White House can be hacked. The essence is not to eliminate but to reduce the chances of being hacked. Backup solutions help you recover your files and information in case of any problem or attack. At best, we suggest storing it on a cloud service like Amazon or Dropbox.
5: Install WordPress security plugin
For security reasons, you may want to keep track of everything that happens on your website like file integrity monitoring, failed login attempts, malware scanning, etc. The good news is, there is a unique plugin that can take care of these and the coolest part is, it’s free! The name is Sucuri Scanner.
Sucuri is a website security company that specializes in WordPress security. They protect your website from hackers, malware, DDoS and blacklists.
When you enable Sucuri, all your site traffic goes through their cloud proxy firewall before coming to your hosting server. This allows them to block all the attacks and only send you legitimate visitors.
You can understand the Security security with below illustrations
The biggest benefit of Sucuri is that it makes your website secure. On top of that, the firewall makes your website faster, and you save money on your hosting bill because your server load goes down significantly.
The Sucuri Platform is a suite of tools designed for complete website security.
Other WordPress Plugin that I loves to secure my other website is All In One WordPress Security and Firewall Plugin
You will get a notification when someone is trying to access your website.
Well, these are just a few of the security measures you should take in order to protect your website from cyber attacks. I am aware that one should make an extra effort to update the WordPress site and all installed plugins regularly. I would like to hear from you. What are the security challenges you are facing?
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