Make WordPress Websites More Secure
As a WordPress website owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your website does not have any security flaws which could be exploited by the hackers; to use your website for their unauthorised purposes.
Why is WordPress security important?
Because of the fact that more than 25% of all websites now being created are built on the WordPress CMS platform, it is fast becoming a target for hackers, DDOS and other malicious attacks.
With a fresh install, WordPress has some limited security features built-in which should indeed be enabled and made use of. In addition to these you can use several other security plugins and methods to further protect your WordPress website from unethical attacker.
How to make WordPress websites more secure?
See below a few pointers and ideas from White Rabbit to help you make sure your WordPress website is more secure for free. Closed off to the loopholes and back-doors that hackers use to gain access to your website or even take it down!
- Use strong passwords – At least 8 characters, a mix of numbers and letters, at least 1 capital letter and a special character for good measure. If you have to created multiple passwords, try and find a formula that works with just a minor adjustment for each variation.
- Keep passwords secret – It may sound obvious but many people fail at this basic step. If you need to give others access to your WordPress dashboard… create a new user for them, this way you can also track changes if you want.
- Limit Login Attempts – This can help prevent snoopers from attempting to guess your passwords. You can use a default plugin when you install WordPress or a 3rd party security plugin like the one mentioned below.
- Further WordPress security – As touched on above, within the configuration of your WordPress CMS there are a few settings that can be tweaked to improve the general security of your website. Go through the general settings pages and make sure you’ve covered everything you can find that’s relevant.
- Additional plugins – Other free security plugins are available for WordPress. A particularly good one is iThemes Security this holds a wealth of security features and tweaks. Another useful free security plugin is WordFence for its Firewall capabilities.
- HTTPS & SSL certificates – This will ensure that traffic to and from your website is encrypted. Google also sees the SSL certificate as a ranking factor as well. Follow this link to read a blog post and find out how to get a free green padlock for your WordPress website.
- Keep backups – Not so much a security measure, more of a disaster recovery technique, be sure to have a good backup of the files and databases from your website. Keep the backup in a location separate to your web hosting, just in case that goes down.
- Tidy Up! – An often overlooked and simple method to help keep your WordPress website secure is to keep the back-end tidy, uninstall unused plugins and removed expired users.
More WordPress Security
These are just a few WordPress security tips and techniques to help you on your way to securing your WordPress website for free. The main thing to focus on is staying ahead of the hackers. Keep your WordPress installation and plugins up to date, to ensure you have all the latest security features and fixes available and above all be vigilant – if you think something suspicious is going on… check it out!
Let White Rabbit take away the hassle of securing your WordPress website, we’ll make sure all of the above is done and more, to give your website and customer’s data the protection and safety it deserves. Contact White Rabbit today to get your website secured.
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