The brainchild of Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg, WordPress is probably an undisputed superstar of the blogosphere. One of the easiest and simplest content management systems, WordPress is perfect for running a blog or a website or a combination of the two. As WordPress is browser-based, the site or the blog can be managed from anywhere. Adding content is also a piece of cake for WordPress users. No technical knowledge of HTML or FTP is required and anyone with an idea and an internet connection can create a blog.
With the rise to superstardom, security risks and loss of privacy come with the territory. Hackers and plagiarists flood the internet everyday looking for security vulnerabilities. If your blog is found vulnerable, anything from a virus injection to redirecting traffic to another site can be done. Although your blog may look like secured from outside, a small breach can have a domino effect and all your work may go down the drain. There are ways through which you can improve the security of your blog to make it less vulnerable to hackers’ attacks. Read on to know more:
Keep your WordPress site and plugins up-to-date
The best practice is to keep your WordPress themes, plugins and versions updated. It will not only keep your website secure from hackers and free from outdated software, the improved features, functionality and tools will allow your users to get more and ensure a high performing website with quicker functions and easier navigation.
Use strong passwords
There are some hackers’ software which can attempt up to 350 billion guesses per second for your passwords. This mind-boggling number is only believed to increase in future. Therefore it is critical to keep your passwords strong. Never use the same password twice and never share your passwords or share it through email or write it down. While handling your website on a public site, never save password or use ‘remember me’ option.
Keep your computer free of viruses and malware
If your personal computer is infected with virus or malware, chances of a hacker gaining access to your login details increases. Always keep your PC and laptops free of virus and malware with a good anti-virus program.
Limit access to WordPress Admin Area
It is essential to limit the access to WordPress to only a few people and even few IP addresses that way WordPress can limit the number of wrong log-in attempt to your website.
Consider multi factor authentication
Multifactor authentication blends two or more independent credentials creating a defensive layer and making it more difficult for an unauthorized person to log in. Even if one factor gets compromised, the attacker has one more barrier to cross before the website’s security is hacked. Enabling multi-factor authentication can considerably improve the website security.
While connecting FTP to FTP server, it is the best practice to use SFTP as using secured version of FTP can give another layer of protection to the website.
Ensure that your site is hosted on a reputed hosting Provider
Your WordPress website or blog is as secured as your hosting account. If your hosting platform can be compromised so can your blog or website. Choose a reputed Hosting provider with SSL certificate. Look for support for latest PHP and MySQL versions, firewalls, intrusion detection services among others.
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