Your blog means everything to you: it’s your business, your brand, and you’ve dedicate a countless amount of hours to patiently see it grow and nourish, so it’s very important to make it as secure as possible! Since WordPress is the most widely used content management system on the planet, it does represent a prime target for hackers so here are a few steps you should take to make sure to avoid potential attacks:
SET A SUPER STRONG PASSWORD
As cliché as it may sound, setting a strong and secure password is the number one rule against malware attacks. A simple password like your nickname and a few letters can be cracked by hackers in a few minutes so better opt for uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. A password generator is a good resource to use.
REMOVE/RENAME ADMIN USER
By default, WordPress names your administrator role ‘admin’. Everyone knows this, including your friendly hacker, so the best way to go is to create a new User giving it ‘Administrator’ permissions and then delete the default admin account. It’s as easy as that and can truly go a long way!
LIMIT LOG IN ATTEMPTS
Blocking access to the login page after a series of incorrect login attempts can help you fight repeated hackers attacks! Just select the number of allowable log in attempts and other limits and in a few minutes you’ll be set to go! It’s a small and quick step to take but it can enhance your blog’s security.
UPDATE ACTIVE PLUGINS AND REMOVE UNUSED ONES
Every plugin and theme installed can be considered as a backdoor access to your blog’s admin so a good rule of thumb is to download only vetted ones and keep them updated. At the same time, remove inactive plugins as they can still pose a security risk to your site. When they’re left inactive it means that you’re much less likely to updating them so to reduce the likelihood of being hacked just remove them from your backend.
INSTALL SECURITY PLUGINS
There are several security plugins available for WordPress that can help you in your battle against malware. Here we reviewed two of the best!
BACK UP YOUR SITE REGULARLY
Finally, it’s important to never take anything for granted so make sure to back up your site regularly so that you can always have access to all of your content and restore your blog at any time no matter what happens. A good idea is to set the backup to occur on a regular schedule so that you always have a copy of your database and files at any time!
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