WordPress websites have offered an unparalleled opportunity for people to voice out their opinion and concerns to a huge audience all around the globe. This opportunity can be used for propagation of information, marketing and advertising a firm or a brand, and even the maintenance of a personal diary online.
However, due to excessive attempts by hackers all around the word for many reasons, it has become important to protect the WordPress website. It can be difficult to comprehend, especially if you are not from a technical background. However, fret not as it not rocket science. In this article, I will explain what I do to maintain a functioning WordPress website.
Do not have a weak and generic password
I always make sure that passwords of my blogs are changed at regular interval so as to prevent any monitoring software from detecting a pattern. Always change the default password from “admin” to something more complicated. As per a survey done by a web monitoring website that 20% of the password hackings in 2010, and eventual website hacking, is due to the carelessness in changing the default password. The other main caution which should be taken is to not keep a generic password such as password1, password 123 or anything which can be simply guessed from your username. The key principle is that you must have a password, which is not shorter then 10 digits including alphabets, numbers and special characters. This would make any form of hacking, manual or computer-aided, absolutely impossible as the combinations are way too many to be guessed. One additional precaution I have incorporated is by limiting the login rights to one admin, which prevents anyone else to exploiting it.
Do not ignore relevant updates for WordPress
Once you have got a strong password, it is prerogative that you keep your WordPress blog with the WordPress updates released. These updates would not only repair any security loopholes in the system and protect the blog from any malware(s). As the technology keeps changing, solutions for certain problems are addressed by the means of updates and it is sheer carelessness not to install the updates. There are vetting plugins, which automatically install any available update and keep it safe. Always install the Invisible Defender plugin to counter any spamming on the website.
Limit the number of login attempts
Due to high frequency of attempts by hackers, it is important to put a limit on the number of login attempts. In such a system, when the numbers of login attempts reach the maximum limit, the account is either locked or the login attempts from the IP address is blocked for a certain period of time. Also, consult your web host in case of any irregularities and request them to block IP addresses, which have a high frequency of login attempts. One more way of safeguarding the WordPress website is by changing file permission and chmod setting from 777 (read, execute and write) to 644 (Read only) to avoid any form of tempering with the website. One more way to stop any form of hacking is by creating a “wp-admin” folder and save it as “.htacccess” file, which allows all the IP addresses but yours. This would prevent anybody else trying to log in into theWordPress as any login attempt would result in 404 error screen.
Constantly check for malware
It is important to protect the WordPress website from any malware attack. Malware often creeps into an online website through the advertisement links on the website. It is important not to rent out the space on your blog without checking for the malware. Otherwise, you can partner with online web monitoring websites, which can offer you apprehensive protection against any form of malware attacks. It is advisable to partner with such a firm as not only do they provide round the clock surveillance but also provide assistance in removal of earlier malwares. One way to avoid malwares is by avoiding old themes for your WordPress website.
Be careful with the sensitive information
“It is better to be safe than being sorry”, an adage that is true irrespective of the context in which it is applied. Inferring from that famous proverb, it is recommended not to keep any sensitive information on the WordPress website. One way of making sure that the website is clean of any malware or spy software, you can use WP security scan.