8 Easy ways to increase WordPress WebSite security
Hackers go after websites for three main reasons:
• They want to use your site to send spam email.
• They want to steal access to your data, mailing list, credit card information.
• They want to cause your site to download malware onto your user’s machines or your own machine.
Malware can be installed in a way that makes it complex to tell it’s even there. Great for the hackers, not so great for your website.
- Why do hackers target WordPress, specifically?
- Use Smart UserName and Passwords
- Themes and Plugins – Updated
- Uninstall inactive plugins and themes
- Add Captcha
- Limit Login Attempts
- SSL Certificate
- Back up your website regularly
1. Why do hackers target WordPress, specifically?
The WordPress core is very secure, which makes it pretty hard to hack into. But because anyone can write additional tools for WordPress, such as themes and plugins, it’s possible that not all extensions live up to the same code review standards as the WordPress core. It’s possible for a very popular plugin to have security flaws that can impact thousands of WordPress sites all at once right?
WordPress site can be hacked at any time that is the only fact and only you can do is to take some steps to increase security.
2. Use Smart UserName and Passwords
This is the first thing hacker try to hack and so it’s important that username and password must be so complex that have very less chance to be hacked.
3. Themes and Plugins – Updated
It’s important to update regularly because many malicious bots specifically search for out-of-date plugins and themes with known vulnerabilities.
Aside from updating your themes and plugins regularly, staying on top of WordPress core updates is crucial. In fact, wordpress.org recommends it for security protection. If there’s an update ready, you’ll see a notification in the WordPress dashboard.
4. Uninstall inactive plugins and themes
Even deactivated plugins and themes can have vulnerabilities, and for that matter, can still take up your server’s resources. It’s best to simply uninstall any plugins or themes that aren’t consistently active.
5. Add Captcha
There are several variants of Captcha available, but the idea is the same to force any site visitor who tries to fill out a form to first prove they’re human. so, it does double duty by helping to stop hackers and prevent spam.
6. Limit Login Attempts
A practise for some hackers is to continuously try to guess your username and password to get through your site’s front door. There are various plugins out there that will help prevent this by blocking an internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached.
7. SSL Certificate
SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a protocol used to secure and encrypt communication between computers. In other words, it helps keep sensitive information on your site incredibly secure.
Another big reason for adding an SSL certificate to your WordPress site is SEO. Google has announced that they will flag sites that store passwords or credit card information without SSL as insecure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all sites, whether they collect information or not, as insecure.
8. Back up your website regularly
Backing up your site, routinely, is a safety precaution that will make your life easier if hackers do find their way into your site.