How to Keep WordPress Safe

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system because of its open-source support, extensibility and ease of use. In addition, it offers easy installation, beginner- and developer-friendly and it’s robust. That’s why malicious individuals are primarily targeting WordPress for their hacking attempts. Good thing WordPress is built with security in mind, though it’s not bulletproof.

One of the wonders of WordPress is that it’s greatly extensible. You can hack the core to add more security features or use a plugin to harden the WordPress platform further. This article will focus on the latter to save you from the headache of creating your own security codes.

Use Strong Passwords

This is the most common and simplest approach to creating a secure digital life, not only on WordPress but also for email accounts, Facebook and more. Creating a strong password ensures that brute force attacks are going to take years before they can crack your password. A strong password consists of both uppercase and lowercase letters, with numbers and symbols too. If you’re first installing WordPress, you can use its built-in password generator for added security.

Use Solid Hosts

I use several hosts for my websites to minimize the risk. Here is a list of the hosts I like.

Dedicated Servers – Server Mania

Shared Hosting – Bezazz

VPS Hosting – Cheap Windows VPS

99% of bloggers recommend hosts who give good a kickback. Blue host is the one of the most popular hosts because they give good affiliate commissions so bloggers recommend their services. In reality they’re grossly overpriced, as is the case with most sites that offer good aff. commissions.

Limit Login Attempts

If you’re using a strong password, then you can prevent any brute force attacks from discovering your password sooner. But if they continue to try cracking your password, they will eventually find it out. That’s where Limit Login Attempts comes into play. By using this plugin, you can easily prevent hackers when they tried too many login attempts. You can also control how many times a user fails before they are prevented from logging in and how long they are prevented from logging in. This is a handy WordPress plugin for preventing brute force attack. Ultimately, you can block an IP or IP range to make sure they won’t have access to your website again.

WordFence Security

While we’re going to make sure to use strong passwords and we are preventing brute force attacks, other parts of your installation are still at risk. For example, if you’re using a theme or plugin, odds are, they have some vulnerable parts like the comment form, codes, URLs or others. Using a security plugin like WordFence security can help prevent these kinds of attacks. By blocking any access to sensitive URLs, hiding your WordPress version and removing any sensitive data into your HTML code, WordFence hardens your WordPress website further.

Securing your Computer

Even though your WordPress website is fully secured, if your computer is infected by a virus or malware, hackers can still gain access to your website by compromising your own computer. Make sure that your PC is up to date with the latest version of your favorite antivirus installed. It’s also a great idea to scan your PC for viruses regularly. More information are found at the official WordPress website.

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