Maintaining security for your own WordPress site is an important responsibility. Often the security aspect of website building is taken for granted by new bees in the web development market. Until your website is hacked, you don’t realize how important security really is. There is a perception that open-source scripts are vulnerable to all types of attacks. It is true that that’s the case? In that case, how do you protect it?
Open source comes with many advantages of its own, the most important of which is that it makes it much easier for vulnerabilities to be found and fixed quickly. This guide will outline a few key strategies, which can reduce or eliminate most of such security threats.
How to secure a WordPress website?
· Make sure your WordPress website is safe by making sure your hosting is secure
All hosts think their servers are fantastic until the first thing goes wrong. There is a difference between hosting companies and hosting offerings in the real world. It might be because security mechanisms are inadequate that hackers attack more frequently, there are more downtimes, and performance is low.
As a result, you can’t really “fix your host.” It’s easiest and best to get a more secure host.
Generally, the higher your budget, the better your host, but there are some budget options you can look at. Here are the recommended hosting options that will keep your website considerably secure:
Kinsta, Flywheel, and SiteGround.
· Keep your WordPress up to date
There are hundreds of developers who contribute to WordPress’ development. Before a security firm makes a responsible disclosure, the company informs the lead developers, updates WordPress, and millions of websites are updated. This disclosure means hackers have access to a vulnerability that they can exploit to access websites that have not been updated.
The bottom line is to keep your WordPress up to date to secure it from hackers!
· Allow automatic installment of security updates
As of WordPress 3.7, minor/security releases are now automatically updated. This is most likely already happening on your site. The hosts of some websites block WordPress updates automatically. Alternatively, you might want to switch hosts-or at least install updates as soon as they become available.
· Track and adjust your passwords more often
Your WordPress website can be secured by changing your passwords regularly. Strengthen your passwords by adding additional words and making them longer. Keeping your passwords strong does not mean accumulating more uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. The longer the passphrase, the harder it is for hackers to figure out, but they are easier to remember than random letters and numbers.
When it comes to safety, the use of a complicated phrase is 10x easier to remember and much safer than a simple one. Password managers can be useful if required. Their secure vault will store your passwords not only safely, but they will also generate them for you, eliminating the worry that you will forget them.
· Keeping your plugins and themes updated may help
Manually updating the theme and plugin is also required. We often overlook these, but they are just as important. The WordPress Dashboard > Updates menu has information on available updates.
· Take Note of User Privileges
Although you may have locked down the administrator account, unauthorized access to other user accounts could still compromise your site’s security. Give new users a role that’s appropriate for their role whenever they are added to WordPress. Provide strong passwords and strict security practices to your business partner, for example, if you do grant them administrator access.
· A strategy for preventing brute force attacks
A complex password will secure you from 99.9% of brute force attacks, but it won’t completely protect you. Brute force attacks use special computer programs to try numerous usernames and passwords until one eventually works. The consequences of brute force attacks are much greater than those caused by human guesses because whereas a human can try a few passwords per minute, a script can try thousands. Bots (also known as web robots) are badly famous for doing these tasks. The consequences of brute force attacks are much greater than those caused by human guesses because whereas a human can try a few passwords per minute, a script can try thousands.
· Your WordPress login URL should be renamed to ensure security
Logging in via a new URL is a simple procedure. Wp-login.php or wp-admin added to your site’s main URL are the easiest ways to access the WordPress login page. By brute force, hackers can access your login page if they know the URL directly. They try to log in with their GWDb (guesswork database, which includes millions of guessed usernames and passwords, for example, admin and [email protected]).
So far, we have restricted the number of login attempts and reverted usernames to email IDs. We can now replace the login URL to eliminate 99% of brute force attacks. Using this trick, an unauthorized entity cannot gain access to the login page. This can only be done by someone who has the exact URL.
WPS Hide Login is the easiest and most convenient plugin for changing your login URL. It is very simple to use; just input your new login page URL and save it. You can enter any URL you wish in the URL field.
· Set a limit on login attempts
One of the best ways to prevent brute force attacks is to limit the number of failed login attempts from one IP address. WordPress plugin like Loginizer, for example, makes this easy. A user will be automatically blocked by Loginizer if they attempt a bunch of wrong usernames and passwords.
· While choosing Plugins: Be Selective
Adding a plugin to your site adds new code that might not be secure. If you plan to install a WordPress.org plugin, make sure it is actively maintained, check reviews, and see how many other sites are using it.
It is a good idea to research the developer of a plugin before purchasing a premium plugin. Uninstalling plugins from your site if you aren’t using them is a good idea.
Beginners will find that a lot of information was presented. If you take good care of your WordPress security, it becomes harder for a hacker to breach your site.