Most of us have a WordPress site and if you do it’s time you got serious about WordPress Security. Online security is important and website owners need to be aware of the steps they need to take in order to keep their website secure. With the increase in security breaches, it’s now more important than ever to be diligent when it comes to your WordPress site. In order to secure your WordPress site, there are a few things that you can do to help update your site to make it even more secure than it was before. Let’s take a look now.
Best Methods Of Securing Your WordPress Account
1. Use Well Tested Plugins
Security plugins are important and shouldn’t be overlooked when you’re trying to secure your website. When you’re
searching, and downloading security plugins, it’s important that you look for plugins that are well tested from sources that are well known. Plugins directly from WordPress.org are generally scanned well before they’re added to the theme directory or plugin directory.
When looking for premium security plugins it’s a good idea to source them from websites which are respected by developers or that are well known to be good. Some of the popular security plugins from WordPress are:
- 6Scan Security
- Sucuri Security
- iTheme Security
- Acunetix WP Security Scan
- BulletProof Security
In order to download your WordPress security plugin you simply:
- Go to the dashboard and click on ‘Plugin’
- Click ‘Add New’ and search for the different plugins that you want.
- Click on ‘Install Now’ and simply follow the prompts to download it.
- Next, go to ‘Plugins’ and click on ‘Installed Plugins’ to find your new security plugin, click ‘Activate’
In conjunction with finding well-known security plugins, it’s also a good idea to delete plugins which aren’t in use anymore. Removing plugins that aren’t in use can lower the risk of your website being compromised every time you need to update the plugin. These plugin’s need to be deleted, and not just deactivated. You can do this by following some steps below:
- On the dashboard go to Plugins, click on ‘Installed Plugins’
- Find the plugin you want to delete and click the box.
- Click on the drop-down menu and click ‘Bulk Action’
- Click on ‘Delete’ and follow the prompts.
Upon completing these steps, it will delete the plugin.
2. Create Hard To Crack Passwords
The number one reason why your WordPress account may be breached is because of a weak password. People tend to make very generic passwords such as Password1234 or generic passwords that are in relation to your personal life such as birth date, pet’s name, or maiden name. This is problematic because it allows for people to easily guess your password. If you want to find a password that’s strong and that’s hard to crack, here’s some simple key rules to follow:
- Use long passwords that are between 8-12 characters if possible.
- Create a mix of symbols, letters, and numbers. Eg: G5854S*!J
- Don’t create a password with personal details, even if it has a mix of letters and symbols.
- Create unique passwords for each WordPress account that you have to reduce a hacker gaining access to them.
The strength of your password really comes down to your creativity and imagination. The more random you place the letters, the better the password will be.
3. Two Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication can improve your WordPress security greatly. This authentication is where you have a code number (first authentication) and a standard password (second authentication). Having two-factor authentication will make it twice as hard for any hackers to gain access to your site. To set up this security feature, you simply follow these rules:
- Click on the Plugin menu and search for Two Factor Authentication.
- Click ‘Install’
- Once installed, activate your security plugin through the plugin menu. This can be done by the following steps:
- Go to Settings > Site-Wide Settings > Two Factor Authentication.
- Activate your plugin by the user settings entry in the top-level menu ‘Two Factor Auth’
This will setup and activate your new security feature.
4. Disable File Editing
Another way to help secure your account is by disabling the file editor. When the file editor is active, it gives any users ability to run PHP codes on your WordPress site. When there’s a breach in security, it causes hackers to be able to run their own code which can jeopardize your account greatly. Go to WordPress.org Disable File Editor Page for the steps to disable file editor on your version of WordPress.
5. Regularly Backup Your WordPress Files and Account
When you own a WordPress account, it’s a good idea to back up your account and files on a regular basis. This helps you to secure your account and the content so you don’t have to begin from scratch if you suddenly lose everything. To find out how to back up your account and files, please go to WordPress.org
WordPress security is highly important and shouldn’t be dismissed within this ever-changing world of threats. With more security breaches occurring, it’s now more important than ever to update your site accordingly. Are you ready to make your WordPress site more secure?