Some recent events like the WordPess brute force attack have shown that it is easy to hack into a website based on WordPress.
These hacks can give even pro webmasters or bloggers run for money. Hence there is a dire need to protect WordPress site from hacking more than ever before.
So bloggers, here are some ways to protect WordPress blog/site from hacking. Get your sleeves up….
Tips To Protect WordPress Site From Hacking
#1. Regularly Update WordPress
One of the easiest solutions to implement WordPress security, but often overlooked, is to protect WordPress by performing regular updates of the software.
The downside is that some of your plugins may stop working after the update, but you can take this opportunity to refresh your plugins or find new, more safe and reliable ones.
Updates, even if sometimes tedious (especially if it’s been a while that you did not update), are really important for the security and stability of your system.
Indeed, many minor updates have to be made to the software, just to correct security flaws and improve WordPress (and this also applies to plugins and themes).
#2. Install WordPress Security Plugins
To protect WordPress site from hacking when someone tries to log into your site, use a plugin that gives you a security certificate to protect your username and password.
Other protection measures include the installation of connection strong CAPTCHA plugin. Some nifty plugins require users to enter the underlined letters in an expression rather than read text images blurred or making calculations.
Finally, you can purchase an SSL certificate as Symantec SSL Certificate that guarantees the transfer of sensitive data during connection.
It is also recommended to install plugins like “Better WordPress Security“ and “Login LockDown“ . The first performs a series of tasks that will protect your blog and the second limits the number of login attempts to your blog.
Better WordPress Security is widely used security plugin to protect WordPress site from hacking.
#3. Hide “Powered by WordPress” in Footer
You can make things more difficult for hackers by avoiding to announce that your site is “Powered by WordPress”. By default, this information is in the footer.php file, which you can find on the dashboard.
Select Appearance –> Editor, to make changes in the browser window. Different topics will require different methods to remove the text, so you must do some research online to find the best approach.
It does not make a difference as looking at the source code anyone can make out that your site is in WordPress. Indeed most of the WordPress sites have the same structure and as soon as you find a “wp-” prefix, you can be 99% sure that you are on WordPress.
Also there are plugins to hide/replace the version of WordPress that allows you to avoid displaying the view of all your WordPress version information that could potentially help to hack your site. Try to Google it over.
#4. Change the User Name of Administrator
Hackers can access your site using software that will attempt multiple connections using common words and phrases as passwords, coupled with a selection of usernames obvious as “admin” for the WordPress username by default.
The best solution is to choose, from the installation of your site, a different user name “admin”. If this is not the case you can use the following methods:
One way to change the administrator name is to create a second administrator account with a name difficult to guess, and then delete the original user.
Remember, assign your articles, pages, etc., to the right user at the end of this operation.
Change the user name “admin” once your WordPress is installed. This may be a little more complicated to those who are not used to it. Of course, make a backup before making any changes!
By employing the strategies mentioned above, you can protect your WordPress site/blog from hacking and ensure a strong security and protection system from most of the major threats.