Protect Your WordPress Site From Hacking Attempts Yes!
One of the major concerns with WordPress is that as your website grows in size, you will have to cope up with the risk of getting your site hacked. But, sadly we often forget to pay more attention on hardening the security of our WordPress site. This is simply because we become busy focusing on other crucial aspects of the website, from creating a bespoke design, to following strategies to boost traffic and so on. And as a result, our website security is usually the last thing we have on our mind.
But, what if you could improve your WordPress site security in just a matter of few minutes – sounds, great right? Though there isn’t a foolproof way to ensure that your site doesn’t hacked at all, but abiding by the below mentioned ways will dramatically reduce the number of hacking attempts on your site.
Change and Delete the Default “admin” Username
By default, WordPress website username starts with “admin”. Unfortunately, many site owners don’t change this username, making it easy for hackers to get partially logged-in to your website.
And they only need to guess the password to enter your site. Therefore, it is important that the default username is changed to some other name.
Remember that in case the “admin” username account is the only one having access to administrative privileges, and so you cannot delete that account unless you will create a new admin account and login with it. So, once you’ve changed the username, log out of your site and then login again using the new name and delete the previous admin account.
Create a Rock Solid Password
Now this is the most obvious way to secure your site. But, an unfortunate reality is that still several WP users out there use risky passwords, most commonly the ones containing personal information or frequently used words. A lot of password cracking programs are available using which hacker test an ample number of trial passwords against your password. So, if you are using an easy-to-crack or commonly used password (like ‘1234’, ‘admin’ and others), you will most likely find that your site’s been hacked.
When creating a password(s) for your WordPress site, make sure to include uppercase and lowercase letters, or special characters, symbols, etc. This will help make the password strong and difficult to crack. But also make certain that the password you’re are creating is easy to remember. Also, make sure to change your password after 90 days. This will make it hard for malicious users to guess your password.
Get Rid of Unused Plugins and Themes
Another great way to minimize hacking attempts requires eliminating anything that you are no longer using from your WordPress dashboard. For instance, you might have some inactive plugins in your WordPress installation that are of no use to you. Keeping those plugins not only consumes a lot of your space, but also compromise your site security.
Just like the plugins, it is also important to remove extraneous themes. Old themes often contain bugs that can make your site susceptible to attacks.
Keep Your WordPress Version Up-to-date
WordPress keeps on releasing updates on a frequent basis, mainly to fix security issues. And so, keeping your WordPress version up-to-date according to WordPress updates helps you deal with the security vulnerabilities that you might have faced in older WordPress version.
When it comes to updating a WordPress site, make certain to keep everything in the site up-to-date – be it plugins or themes.
Set a Limit on Login Attempts
Hackers often make use of software to gain access to a site, by providing a large number of login name and password combinations that hackers use to break into a WP site unless they succeed. One best way to avoid such brute-force attacks is to limit the number of login attempts that a user can make access to the site.
There are several plugins (like iThemes Security, Hide Login+, Limit Login Attempts, etc.) that help set a limit on how many times a user can login to your site.
Back up your site
Some of you might not consider it a tip to secure your WordPress site, but you shouldn’t avoid creating a back up of your site. That’s because, you can use the back up to restore your site to the last known secure version if the site gets hacked.
Moreover, keeping a back up will relieve you from all worries associated with loss of data. However, it’s easy to forget about backing up your site while paying attention to other key aspects. Fortunately, WordPress offers plenty of useful and easy to use backup plugin that automatically backup your entire site like BackWPUp, WP Complete Backup, VaultPress and many more.
You cannot always keep your site safe from getting attacked by hackers, however, following the aforementioned ways you can definitely minimize the risk of getting your site hacked.
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