So you’ve worked hard to create your WordPress site? Well, WordPress powering 25% of the total websites on the internet, it is tempting to set up your website on this popular open source blogging platform.
However, this popularity has made WordPress a favorite hang-out spot for hackers. You must have heard many scary stories about sites being hacked. Do you remember that malicious keylogger in Jan 2018? It infected more than 6,000 WordPress website.
So how you can be sure that your website is not going to be a victim of such a threat? There are creepsters with malicious intent who leave no stone unturned to deface your stored information and compromise your website’s crucial data.
Your WordPress site is highly prone to hacking threats, and the intruders may ruin your online identity. If you want to keep your WordPress website safe and sound from the hackers, here are 5 ways to do so.
Install an SSL Certificate on Your Site
A simple, smart move of Implementing an SSL or Secure Socket Layer certificate can make it difficult for intruders to spoof your information or breach the connection. With SSL, you can switch your site from HTTP or to HTTPS or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure which is a more secure version of HTTP.
HTTP is responsible for transmitting the data between your website and the browser that tries to access it. So, whenever a visitor clicks on your webpage, your entire data and website code are sent to the visitor’s location through this protocol.
While this is essential, it also raises some potential security issues. Hackers may intercept the data during the transmission and use it for their own nefarious purposes. This is where HTTPs comes to your rescue. Https does the same as HTTP, but it encrypts the data while being transferred from one point to another. That means it can’t be accessed easily by anyone.
And to switch your site to HTTPS, you’ll need an SSL/TLS certificate. It conveys the browsers that your site is legitimate, and your data is encrypted.
Prohibits Multiple Failed Login Attempts
Intruders go a long way to enter your admin panel of WordPress by manipulating several login combinations. This is what we call brute force attack. So, if you want to kick the cons out right away and stop them from guessing and trying login attempts, install a plug-in that can prohibit multiple failed login attempts. Also, make sure it bans an IP after a certain number of failed attempts.
Go for two-step authentication process while logging into your site. Although it takes a little longer on your end to logging in, it goes a long way in keeping hackers out. In two-factor or two-step authentication process, you will need to verify your login using a smartphone or other device. This makes your login page secure from the attackers.
Stop Using Defaults
You need to create a login username and password while creating your WordPress site. By default, the username will be “admin.” But you must change it unless you want to give hackers a chance to brute-force your admin dashboard.
Hackers are quite familiar with the default WordPress installation, and they may try a “brute force” hack with that default username. As they already know the username, the only thing they need to do is manipulate password combinations for intruding into your account.
So, always change your username to something else to make it harder for a sketchy weirdo to break into your site. Also, never use an easily guessable password like your name or date of birth. Easy passwords open the door for hackers to trespass into your WordPress account.
Make it strong and complex by using a combination of alphabets, uppercase, numbers, alphanumeric characters, and special characters.
Consider Better Web Hosting
We understand it is easy to fall for an unlimited hosting plan that is cheaper on your pocket. But don’t fall in the trap of unlimited hosting that will put all your websites on a single server. This will act like a candy store for the hackers while giving them many more ways to break into your sites.
If the hackers manage to get into any one of these sites, it will take no longer for them to take over all of your sites on that same server. This is why it is recommended to choose a WordPress hosting or web hosting service wisely.
Regular Website Backups
Hackers or the intruders are very good at what they do, and if you want to beat them at their game, you must have a security plan to implement if the worst happens. Along with making efforts to avoid the security breach on your site, you need to stay prepared to safeguard your site in the event of a disaster. Having a recent backup handy will help you restore your WordPress site to the way it was before it was hacked.
Keeping backups will enable you to fix the issue and move on as quickly as possible. Make sure to have more than one backup and having least three recent backups on hand is a good rule of thumb. Also, use multiple external locations like cloud storage and physical hard drives to save your backups. It is entirely up to you that how frequent you want the backup to be, but it is better to have at least a weekly backup.
The grim truth is there is no single magic solution to completely protect your website against hackers and security threats. Determined hackers find their way into your system whether you like it or not. But by following the above ways, you can make it tough enough for them to break into your site.