How to secure your wordpress website.
How do we make sure our WordPress website is secure? How and when do we secure it? This article will provide you details about securing the WordPress website application.
Start securing with your wordpress login dashboard.
1. Using “admin” as the the username is something that you need to change. These username is being used by millions of WordPress users and are prone to hackers.
You can try changing it to the most unique usernames like your personal email address.
2. Setting up complex password. Do note ever use password that is connected to your website name. it is best to use password that has been generated from password generator applications.
3. Adding 2-factor authentication on the login page is also a good way of adding security to your website. Though the user provides login details for
two different components, this will help you secure your website as you will be asked for your security questions.
4. Renaming your login URL. As we all know that the login page can be accessed easily via /wp-login.php or /wp-admin next to your domain name. This way,
you can customize your login URL to something like /mynewlogin.php or /mynewlogin.
Protecting the WordPress folders itself.
1. One of the default folders that requires security is called ‘wp-admin’ and this should not be breached to avoid website issues. Using a plugin like
“AskApache Password Protect plugin” will automatically creates a file .htpasswd that encrypts the password and configures the security-enhanced file permissions.
Using SSL to seal your website and encrypt your data.
Installing Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate should be considered to secure the wordpress admin panel. This certificate ensures that data transfer between user and browsers is secure that will not let the hacker breach the connection.
Installing Plugins for security
Wordfence Security – This plugin is useful to protect and scan your website files at all times.
1. Like the wordpress useename and password, your database informations needs to be unique as well. When you set up your wordpress, try updating the table prefix to something different as the default wp_ is already prone to hackers.
2. Use complex password to your database as well.
Update your website themes and plugin time to time.
Themes and plugins are all created by developers and needs an update in timely manner. These updates are meant to fix the bugs and security patches. WordPress automatically rolls out the updates for user conviennt which is a good part while plugins may need to update manually.