WordPress is the driving force behind more than a fourth of all existing websites in 2016. And it’s no wonder why – it has the largest community to answer your questions, it offers infinite plugins, and it can start you off at no cost. But as much as we all love WordPress, its reputation as an insecure platform is well known. Because of its popularity and size, hackers tend to look at it as a prime target. Most of the time, less-experienced website owners that haven’t done anything to build their security are the victims. Which is why so many defensive techniques have been introduced to the public that can be used by even the smallest website owner. This is a quick guide on how to get your website to the safest possible place.
Back Up Your Website/Blog
- BackUpWordPress – Free and follows the schedule you enter.
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox – Built for those who want to make sure their data ends up in Dropbox.
- Backup Buddy – A paid plugin that restores not only your basic files but also your images, formatting, and posts. It’s the most inclusive backup plugin we’ve seen.
Choose a Good Host
Thoroughly Examine All Potential Software
Use Complex Passwords
- Don’t use the same password across multiple accounts
- Use letters, numbers, and special characters
- Don’t use any character more than twice in succession
- Don’t use default log-ins like admin
Update Your Software to the Newest Version Regularly
Use the Right Security Plugins
- Login Lockdown– This plugin limits log in attempts from the same IP to a number of your choosing, thus removing the threat of password guessing.
- SiteLock– This plugin uses its database of malware knowledge to scan your site regularly for any abnormalities and remove them automatically if they do appear.
- iThemes Security– This is a diverse plugin that can be used for many different security functions. It is upgradable to be more powerful.