How Do YOU Protect and Secure Your WordPress Site?
WordPress is the most popular blogging and which makes it a favorite target for hackers (the evil-doers).
You have to take some extra precautions to protect all of your data.
These measures do not guarantee 100% protection against hacking attempts.
Why, because 100% secure websites do not exist, but they will protect you against the majority of attacks.
A reputable hosting company will have a team of security specialists who work around the clock to provide you with a safe WordPress environment.
You should be able to create your sites without worrying whether your hosting account is secured or not.
Your hosting should include
Automatic WordPress Updates
Expert Security Team
State-of-the-art Account Isolation System
Latest PHP & MySQL Versions
You must keep your core WordPress files and all of your plugins and themes updated to their latest versions.
Most of the new WordPress and plugin versions contain security patches.
Even if those vulnerabilities cannot be easily exploited most of the time, it is important to have them fixed.
You must restrict access to your WordPress admin area only to people that need access to it.
Your visitors should not be able to access your /wp-admin/ folder or the wp-login.php file.
Most of the attackers will assume that your admin username is “admin”.
If you’re installing a new WordPress site, you will be asked for a username during the WordPress installation process.
You will be surprised to know that thousands of people use phrases like “password” or “123456” for their admin login details.
Needless to say, such passwords can be easily guessed and they are at the top of the list of any dictionary attack.
If your computer is infected with a virus or malware, a potential attacker can gain access to your login details and make a valid login to your site bypassing all the measures you’ve taken before.
You must have an up-to-date antivirus program and keep the overall security of all computers you use to access your WordPress site on a high level.
These are some of the Top Plugins for WordPress Security
All In One WP Security & Firewall
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WordPress itself is a very secure platform. However, it helps to add some extra security and a firewall to your site by using a security plugin that enforces a lot of good security practices.
The All In One WordPress Security plugin will take your website security to a whole new level.
This plugin is designed and written by experts and is easy to use and understand.
It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.
WordPress Website Security Protection: Firewall Security, Login Security, Database Security… Effective, Reliable, Easy to use
BulletProof Security Feature Highlights
.htaccess Website Security Protection (Firewalls)
Login Security & Monitoring
DB Backup: Full|Partial DB Backups | Manual|Scheduled DB Backups | Email Zip Backups | Cron Delete Old Backups
DB Backup Logging
DB Table Prefix Changer
HTTP Error Logging
FrontEnd|BackEnd Maintenance Mode
UI Theme Skin Changer (3 Theme Skins)
Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. We do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes, and plugins.
Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to keep your blog safe from hackers.
It just involves you taking a few simple steps and a few safeguards to make sure that you don’t have problems in the future.
Here are a few things you can do right now.
Make sure all your WordPress usernames and passwords are strong passwords and keep your email secure.
And in fact, some robots or spiders comb the internet trying to find these websites that have named their passwords in these simple names.
That means when you set up your WordPress account, do not call it Admin.
And when you have a password, name your password something with at least one number, one uppercase letter, or even one punctuation character to ensure that no one can guess it.
Make sure that no one has access to your email account.
It does you no good to have a strong WordPress password but a weak email password because someone can always gain access to WordPress by using the lost password tool.
If someone has access to your email account, they can use the lost password function and reset your WordPress password and gain access to your website.
You should secure your email, change your password regularly and be very careful what computer and wireless network you use to check that email.
You can use your C-Panel backend to block access to what is called the WP-Admin Folder on your WordPress site.
Go to a site such as IP.com and it will show you a series of numbers.
This number corresponds to you on the internet.
By doing this, you can block everyone on the internet from accessing your WP-Admin Folder, and your administrator dashboard, and then only allow this specific IP address that is yours to access it.
This means that even if someone happens to have your WordPress password, even if you have a weak password, you are the only person who can log in to that backend.
And finally, one thing that every blog owner should do that enables comments on their blog, is to use what is called an anti-spam plugin.
This will check any new comments coming to your blog for spam.
And if you don’t have a plugin like this, your blog will at some point be flooded with thousands and thousands of spam comments flooding your site with all kinds of nasty links and garbage.
Install an anti-spam plugin or turn off comments entirely and that will help your blog from being spammed to death.
Those are some very simple tips to help secure your WordPress blog.