WordPress is an easy-to-use and quick-to-setup CMS, but unfortunately, WordPress is weak on the security issues. Or it’s not the problem with WordPress itself, but it’s the problem with WordPress users. By the way, WordPress can be used safely and efficiently, unless you don’t let yourself fall into the trouble which drives you into the risk of being hacked. So you have to take care your WordPress website with some responsibilities as an owner of the site.
Today, I have some simple tips to discuss how to secure our WordPress site from hackers.
Here are five easy steps to protect your blog and avoid typical mistakes.
1. Rename the Admin username
Many bloggers still use their blog with the default username. It is “Admin”. That’s really easy for hackers to guess and hack your WordPress instantly.
Why? Because hackers know this default login perfectly so they already have %50 percent of the successful to hack your account. Sounds ridiculous but it’s the TRUTH! Every day, there are almost hundred login attempts on the respective WordPress sites, it depends on the size of the websites.
The hackers are using the brute force attack to find a password by trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and symbols until they found a correct password that works. It’s not only for cracking the passwords but also for Data Encryption Standard (DES) keys. Especially, until now, the brute-force attack is still one of the most popular password cracking methods.
Because it is a typical beginner’s problem, I recommend the easy way to secure your Admin login without touching the database is using the plugin. With Change Username plugin, just install, and activate, you are ready to change the Admin username instantly.
That’s it! Now, your blog is safer than before at least 50% percent.
By the way: On newer blogs, “Admin” is no longer automatically used as a username, so the problem affects especially older, and long-standing blogs.
2. Lock WordPress Admin completely
Are you running your own blog? Are there any other authors or contributors who have access to the admin? Then I recommend you should lock the WordPress dashboard completely. This method will hide your WordPress outstandingly because all the automated hacking attempts are no longer have a chance to get through.
This is a directory protection method for “WP-Admin”, and the whole thing goes with a .htaccess file. The hacker will stop come over to try any login attempts again. This is really simple but efficient. This method brought to you by IvyCat.
If this is too complicated, don’t worry! In a WordPress world, nothing you can’t do so here is the plugin I recommend for you is WP Limit Login Attempts.
This ensures that a user is blocked for a certain time after several incorrect login attempts. It’s very necessary because as mentioned, there are automated login attempts that try to hack your account. With this plugin, it will limit the rate of login attempts and block IP temporarily. It is detecting bots by captcha verification.
3. Install Security Plugin
Nevertheless, for more protection, you need to increase the security of your blog by installing a security plugin because it’s a sensible and easy way. But, keep in mind that security plugins are very resource-hungry and can also become a vulnerability. Choose them carefully.
The best free security plugins for WordPress is NinjaFirewall..
And Yep! I’m not afraid to recommend them to you.
Both plugins are available free of charge, but also in a very cheap price for Pro version. Especially with the Pro version of BBQ, it is very recommendable because it is a very detective plugin, it filters all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests without expressly noticeable and no waste resources extremely. Once activated, BBQ works almost automatically in the background.
4. Use as Few Plugins as Possible
It sounds simple, but most bloggers fail. WordPress plugins are always a potential security risk. The more complex and comprehensive they are, the more potential for safety gaps. Especially, you never know who developed the plugin, because behind nicknames are often hobby developers, students or people who just try and work for tutorials.
In the past, it was more than once, that plugins had massive security gaps and therefore my warning is: Use as few plugins as possible. And if there is a plugin that you really need to use, check carefully on when the last update was published, who the developer is and how regularly the plugin is improved. Make sure it’s a good quality plugin that you trust!
5. Backups, Backups, Backups
Safety is great, but everything can go wrong at any time. For safety plus, my last ultimate tip is to make sure you have the backups at hands. Please, make a backup of your WordPress site every day. Definitely, some hosting providers help create the backups automatically for you. This is an important part to secure your WordPress website because when you have the immediate old copies of your site ready for the recovery case, you are in control.
Backups are the life insurance of our blog and backups have saved me in my work as a blogger more than once. If you want any recommended plugins I would be happy to suggest the Backup Guard (Free) and UpdraftPlus (Free).
The advantage of premium plugins in this area is mostly in operation, backup on external servers and a complete automation. At this point, everyone has to decide how much an investment makes sense.
For Professionals, there is MORE!
Surely, there are many more tips to increase the security of your WordPress blogs. Such as the XML-RPC can be disabled, unnecessary headers can be removed and so on. But all of this is for experienced users and all this is not really necessary because if the main security methods are successful here, you don’t have to worry too much. All of my simple tips are enough.
In fact, more is not always necessary, since safety can also become a security problem. As already mentioned, security plugins can also evolve to the security gap. So if you follow the rules above, you will be able to do all the basic security of WordPress. And it’s enough!
Be Safety! Please, take care your website before late!
Just relax and drink hot coffee with your pet without worry about anything!
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