5 Ways to Secure WordPress Website
Nagging about the security of WordPress? Fret Not! You can now secure your website with simple five steps. It is said that an open source script is always vulnerable to external attacks but this is partial truth. It is usually the fault of website owner that your site got hacked. Read on to find ways for a safe and secure WordPress site.
- Adjust your Passwords- Password adjustment is the simplest step you can implement immediately. Play around with the website’s passwords and change them on regular basis. Make sure to have a strong password by adding upper case and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. If you are not using a password with at least ten characters, you are doing it wrong. Update your password right now to ensure safety.
- Always keep up with Updates– WordPress updates are released to introduce new features, fix bugs and to patch security holes. If you see ‘Update Available’ banner, click it and update your site. If you are anxious about breaking something or issue in theme or plugins, make a backup before installing it. Plugins also need to be updated regularly.
- Use Email as Login- You have to put your username to login. It is advisable to use an email instead of a username for a more secure approach. Usernames are easily predictable especially from a blog as compared to email. A unique email address of user account will make it a valid identifier for logging in.
- Use Two-step Authentication- Two setup authentication is really a good way to prevent brute force attack. It means it will require a password and an authorization code that is sent to your given number in order to login to your site. Plugins including Clef, Google Authenticator and Duo Two Factor Authentication can be used to add this feature.
- Conduct Security Scans– Just like an antivirus software against malware, you should install a security scanner on WordPress that will check for malicious code in your plugins and core files. You can use scanners including Sucuri Sitecheck, Code Guard, Theme Authenticity Checker and Antivirus.
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