As much as you want you to want your site to remain safe, it won’t if you don’t put in measures to secure it. One thing about hackers and malware is that they don’t discriminate on whom to attack. Any website, big or small, is a target to them. Fortunately, there are several security measures you can take to reduce the chances of your site succumbing to these endless threats. This article will give you tips on how to secure your WordPress page. Before we get to them, there are a few things you should put on the list when it comes to doing a routine check. Revisiting these checks once in a month is enough to keep your WordPress site safe. Just like your body where the fat a part of your immune system is infected, then all body gets affected. Similarly, there are parts in a WordPress site that require security than others. We are going to look into these areas and the best way to keep them safe.
1. Update WordPress regularly
One thing you should know about WordPress is that any update released comes with enhanced security. Many bugs and malware are fixed whenever an upgrade is performed. These updates come through your WordPress site, to check for malicious software. If it is found the core guys immediately eliminate the threat before it escalates into a full-blown threat that may crash your website. Performing a WordPress website update is pretty simple. What you need to do is go to your dashboard, and at the top of the page, you can check if a new version is available. If there is a new version available, click on the blue “Update Now” button, and it only takes a couple of seconds for the system.
2. Update your themes and plugins
Besides the WordPress site, you also need to update your plugins and themes regularly. It helps to avoid vulnerabilities, bugs, and potential security breach entry points. Old plugins that are not updated develop security loopholes where viruses and malware can use to get in. By updating your themes and plugins, you seal these loopholes and strengthen your website security. If you want to update, your plugins go to Plugins / Installed Plugins. A list of all your plugins will appear. WordPress will notify you if a specific plugin is not on its latest version. If some are not updated, click on “update now” under each one, and they will be ready in a few seconds. If you want to update your themes, head to Appearance / Themes, and you’ll see all your installed themes there. Just like the plugins, the outdated ones will be marked. Click on “Update now” for updating the new version. Besides updating the plugins, you also need to remove any theme or plugin that you are not using to run your site.
3. Back up your site regularly
Another security measure that you should take is backing up your site. Site backups are copies of your WordPress website. By backing up your site, all your data is kept safe, and you can restore the copy to access your site once more. Performing a backup requires a plugin. There are plenty of plugins that can perform very well, but I would recommend Jetpack for its integrated back up features. With Jetpack WordPress backup plugin, you can get daily backups, one-click restores, spam filtering, and a 30-day backup archive.
4. Limit login attempts and change your password often
One area that you need to focus on is the entry points of your WordPress website. Your login form should not allow unlimited username and password attempts. Many hackers are always looking for ways to penetrate your website. A hacker may keep trying to access your site by entering passwords as many times as possible, and they may succeed. By default WordPress allows unlimited attempts, so strengthen your website security; you need limited login attempts on your website. There are plugins to help you with this task. You can also change your WordPress password regularly to make it hard for hackers to guess your password. By regularly, I don’t mean every 2 or 3 days, just once or twice a month is enough. Last Pass is a great plugin to help you generate strong passwords and also store them. This relieves the burden of coming up with stronger passwords yourself.
5. Install a firewall
Another great way of dealing with your security is by using firewalls. On your PC, firewalls help to protect your device from various online security threats. Any suspicious intent to gain access to your device without authentication or authorization will be kept at bay. A firewall doesn’t involve your WordPress site since there is no direct connection between the two. However, having one installed on your computer biffs up your website security. Usually, you use your computer to connect with the admin area of your WordPress website. Therefore, a compromised computer will also lead to a compromised website. There are several tools you can use are Comodo or Zone Alarm.
If you think that taking all these measures to improve your site security is tiresome, wait until your site gets attacked. As they say, ‘better safe than sorry’. Ignoring your website security will cost you so much in the future. The easiest way to ensure that your website is secure is to consult a WordPress developer or use a reputable WordPress hosting company that provides everything including security.