A visually appealing website is essential to establish good revenue. Although visuals not everything a website should stand for. To maintain customers and make your business thrive the most crucial aspect a business owner should think of is the security of their website and customer data.
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System amongst others that powers over 30% websites on the world wide web. Due to its popularity WordPress websites became a target to hackers and cyber theft, regardless of what content the site provides.
To keep you and your customers’ data safe, you need to take certain precautions to avoid cyber-crime. In this article, we collected 8 ways to maintain security of your website.
WordPress website security: Strong password
Passwords are crucial for maintaining WordPress security online and they are often overlooked. Plain passwords like “123456” or “password123” might be easy to remember but they are also easy to guess. This makes it possible for advanced users to get into your website. This requires immediate change.
Complex passwords and auto-generated passwords work best that contain a variety of numbers, nonsensical letter combination and special characters like % or &.
Regular checks on your WordPress website for security can be time-consuming and you need a certain amount of knowledge in coding to help you notice any malware written into the code. Not everyone has the advanced skill in web development hence why security plugins were created. A security plugin takes care of the security and scans for malware while monitoring your website 24/7.
Sucuri.net is a great security plugin for WordPress. They offer security, auditing, file integration monitoring, remote malware scanning and security hardening.
Pro tip: Don’t have too many plugins. Only have those that provides your website with the functionalities you need to maintain it.
It might be tempting to cut expenses with a free or nulled theme for your website. However, nulled, or cracked themes are dangerous for your website and database. These types of themes contain malicious codes, which could destroy your website and log your admin credentials.
Premium themes have a large scale of options for customisation without restrictions. Premium themes are also coded by skilled developers and go through various tests. You are also getting full access to support if something goes wrong on your website.
Single Socket Layer was needed to make websites secure for specific transactions, like processing payments and its importance grew over the years. Google provides websites with an SSL a more weighted place within search results.
SSL is essential for any websites that process sensitive data such as debit card details and passwords. If an SSL certificate is not present All of the data between the user’s browser and your server are delivered in plain text meaning this can be readable by hackers. By using SSL certificate, the sensitive information is encrypted before it is transferred between the browser and your server making it difficult to read and your website more secure.
With every update, a few changes are made in the code by developers including updates in security features. You help protecting yourself against being a target of cybercrime by staying up to date. These updates are also important for your plugins and themes as an outdated plugin/theme can be a potential loophole for cyberattacks.
WordPress automatically downloads minor updates. However, you need to update your website directly from your WordPress admin dashboard if your site requires major updates.
Change WordPress login URL
To login to your WordPress the address is “yoursite.com/wp-admin” by default. Leaving it as default can make you a target for brute force attack to crack your username/password combination. To prevent this, you can change the admin login URL or add security question to the registration or login page. Your login page can be protected further by adding a 2-factor authentication plugin to your WordPress. This will need to provide an additional authentication to get access to your website. For example, it can be your email, a text, or your password. You can also check which Ips have the most login attempts and then block those IP addresses.
Limiting login attempts
WordPress grants users to try to login as many times as they like. While this may help if you frequently forget your password, it also opens you to brute force attacks.
By limiting the number login attempts, users can try a limited number of times until they are temporarily blocked. The limits your chance of a brute force attempt as the hacker gets locked out before they can finish their attack. You can enable this easily with a WordPress login limit attempts plugin. After you’ve installed the plugin, you can change the number of login attempts via Settings> Login Limit Attempts. If you wish to enable login attempts without a plugin you can also do so.
The simplest way to keep your website secure is to choose a Hosting company who provides multiple layers of security or do self-hosting.
It can be tempting to go with a cheap hosting provider as the amount saved with hosting provider can be spent within your organisation. However, they might not offer you the same level of security. A quality hosting company provides additional layers of security which are attributed to your website and speed up your WordPress website.
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