WordPress is an absolute leader in the area of free CMS solutions. It is free, efficient, very easy to use and most of all, perfect for expansion. There are millions of plugins to be found online that drastically improve the capabilities of the bare WordPress. Sadly, on top of those numerous upsides, there are also downsides and problems. One of them is security.
By default, in order to login you need to provide your username, which in many cases is “admin”. For obvious reasons, it isn’t a very Secure solution, as it exposes our website to threats. I’d start securing a website by installing the WP Email Login plugin, which automatically turns the login from the username to the associated e-mail address. This will strengthen Website protection.
Everyone knows the WordPress login URL. The admin panel can be accessed after entering the login and password in the path /wp-login. php or /wp-admin. Now that you know how to change the login to the e-mail address and how to add two-factor authentication, it is time to replace the login URL address. Luckily it is easy to change the login URL address.
Your current WordPress version number is very easy to find. It is visible to everyone in the website’s Source code. If hackers know which WordPress version you use, it will make it easier for them to conduct a perfect attack.
If you have ever installed WordPress, you remember that by default the installer suggests that we use the wp_ prefix for our database. Using the default prefix puts your database at risk of SQL Injection type attacks. If you want to prevent this – just change the prefix to something else.
The website lock feature for failed login attempts may solve the basic problem; it will ensure your website will never again be at risk of the so-called brute force type attacks. Every time when a login attempt with an invalid password is detected, the website will get locked, and you will be notified about this unauthorized attempt.
Implementing the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate is a simple, quick and clever move that legitimately improves a website’s security. The SSL protocol ensures safe data transfer between the user’s browser and the server, which makes it more difficult for hackers to interrupt the connection or forge information.
Do you sometimes edit files directly through the admin panel? Likely very rarely or never – first of all, it is simply inconvenient, and secondly, we don’t have access to all files on the server. In case of implementing a protection, after a hacker gains access to the admin panel, they will still not be able to tamper with the files on the server.
Remember that sometimes something may happen that is less unexpected than a hacker attack – your own error. If you accidentally delete a section of the website’s code, install an incompatible plugin or uninstall a template – your website might “crash”. That’s why you should create a backup before any changes to the website!With such backup at hand, you can always restore your WordPress website to the working condition in any moment.
There are several plugins that can help you with that.
Every software has to be updated. WordPress is no exception and there’s an updated version of it pretty much every week.
Remember to update both the WordPress itself and its plugins and templates! Lack of up-to-date files is a very common way to get inside a website.
Consider improving your password’s strength as well – the more complicated it is, the lower the chances that anyone can guess or crack it. This tip may be seen as trivial, but it still remains a common occurrence to have such admin panel passwords as “admin” set. If you have no idea how to come up with a strong password, you may use a generator.