WordPress has become a powerful platform used by many businesses and bloggers across the world. With an increased number of users comes an increased number of threats/hackers. To help combat some of these threats we’ve compiled a short list of some simple security measures you can include on your site.
- Use Unique Passwords – When creating WordPress account passwords, use unique combinations. This is the part to play with sophisticated ideas that hackers cannot guess. Instead of using letters and numbers alone, sprinkle in symbols in a unique pattern.
- Two-Factor Authentication – You can also utilize certain security plugins that send a code to your cellphone or email. This will ensure that you are the user that you say you are when logging in.
- Frequent Plugin/Core Updates – Updates are important for security because when WordPress or a specific plugin becomes outdated it gives hackers the ability to exploit flaws. A lot of these updates patch these exploits and make it harder for hackers to take advantage.
- Limit Login Attempts – A popular way to hack a website is by using brute-force attacks. This is, they use a bot that repeatedly tests different password combinations simultaneously in a short period of time. By limiting the number of login attempts you can make this nearly impossible for any hacker.
- Customize your URL Login Address – Another less common option to keep hackers from logging into your WordPress back-end is to customize the URL used to login and stray away from the popular wp-admin parameter.
- Use HTTPS – Using HTTPS is a good way to add an extra layer of security to your website. It offers a high level of encryption between your web server and browser, therefore, keeping attackers away. It also prevents the unauthorized transfer of data from one server to the other.