When it comes to website platforms, WordPress is one of the most popular anywhere in the world, with more than 76 million blogs using WordPress. More than 20% of all websites use WordPress, with 50,000 being added every day.
There are no signs that the growth of WordPress is going to slow. This makes WordPress a very big target for hackers looking to exploit websites. It is the responsibility of each user to make sure their site is as secure as possible. Let’s look at 6 WordPress security tips to protect your WordPress site from the danger of hacking.
#1 Stay Current
Staying current is very important. Update with your WordPress site, including plugins and themes – even if they are diabled.
#2 Increase the Strength of Your Password
We hear a lot about strong passwords and yet we still create passwords that are weak and easy for hackers to obtain with automated software. Instead create a password that is not a real word and uses lower case, capital case, symbols and numbers – this will give you a strong password that’s less likely to be hacked.
#3 Watch Your File Permission
You should keep an eye on your file permissions. You can set your file permissions with All In One WP Security and Firewall.
#4 Enable Login Lockdown
Login lockdown prevents someone from attempting to login too many times with the wrong password. A hacker can use a program to attempt to login to your site hundreds of times a minute, each time guessing a new password. A login lockdown will block their access after so many failed attempts. You can enable a login lockdown with All In One WP Security and Firewall.
#5 Use .htaccess
The .htaccess files is a text file used by the server to restrict certain types of traffic to your website, much like a firewall. All In One WP Security and Firewall will allow you to setup your .htaccess files easily.
- Tip: AIO Wp Security and Firewall is easy to configure, and just as easy to lock you out of your own blog, if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you are not that technically inclined, you should consider hiring a professional to set up your blog’s security for you, such as my DFY WordPress Secure Your Blog Maintenance Service.
#6 Always Have a Backup
Regardless of how good your security there is always the risk of being hacked, even if it’s minimal, so you need to back up at least once a week. Backup your data daily and store it offsite, so that if you do find yourself hacked you will have a good backup to get back up and running. All In One WP Security and Firewall can automate regular database backups and email them to you.