WordPress Themes are more and more popular, many people choose themes to build their sites. The security of your WordPress sites become an important issue. How to secure your WordPress site and prevent your sites from attacks by hackers? Here are some ideas might be helpful.
Make Your Passwords Strong
On the web system, passwords are in common use. They are used in your email account, cloud storage, web hosting, and your WordPress site. All your passwords are linked together, losing one crucial password such as your email account can result into complete identity theft. Hackers can fill out forgot password links on your other online accounts and can completely erase all traces of you from the internet.
If your passwords are not strong enough, it will cause identity theft, hacking, and other illegal online activities. So keep in your mind to make your passwords strong by using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters,which can be hard to remember by others.
Keep up WordPress and Plugins with Updates
It is really important to keep your core WordPress files and all of your plugins updated to their latest versions. WordPress and its plugins and themes are like any other software installed on your computer, or like any other application on your devices. Periodically developers release updates which provide new features or fix known bugs.
Maybe new features is not something that you necessarily want? In fact, maybe you are satisfied with the functionality you currently have and you don’t need more? Well, you are still likely to be concerned about bugs.
Software bugs can come in many shapes and sizes. A bug could be enormous such as preventing users from using a plugin or it could be very small and only concern a certain part of a theme for example. In some cases, bugs can even be serious security holes.
Regardless of their level of severity, software bugs must be fixed. As a user, when a software update is released that fixes a bug, you should update as soon as possible to have the most secure and stable versions of the product.
Protect your WordPress Admin Area
Should you change the name of the default “admin” user that every WordPress installation starts out with? Sure, you can. It certainly isn’t going to hurt.
Just know that it isn’t the pinnacle of security measures. Hackers can find usernames fairly easily from blog posts or elsewhere.
More important than disguising the specific admin username is to make sure that every username of your site with administrator access is protected by a strong password. (Yes, I’m referring you back to #1 in this list.)
And, if you really want to protect your site, go the extra step of requiring a Yubikey to login. That way, even if someone does have the password to a username with administrator access, he or she cannot login without physically possessing the Yubikey (which is easily used via simple USB insertion when it’s login time).
Choose the right web host
Your WordPress site is as secured as your hosting account. If someone can exploit a vulnerability in an old PHP version for example or other service on your hosting platform it won’t matter that you have the latest WordPress version. This is why it is important to be hosted with a company that has security as a priority. Some of the features that you should look for are:
- Support for the latest PHP and MySQL versions
- Account isolation
- Web Application Firewall
- Intrusion detecting system
Make sure your computer is free of viruses and malware
If your computer is infected with virus or a malware software, a potential attacker can gain access yo your login details and make a valid login to your site bypassing all the measures you’ve taken before. This is why it is very important do 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.