7 top tips to improve the security of your WordPress website
If you’re a business start-up operating a website on WordPress and money is tight, the last thing you want to deal with is a security breach. With cyber criminals growing increasingly sophisticated, it’s vital that you do everything you can to maintain the security of your WordPress installation.
You don’t have to break the bank to keep those cyber-attacks at bay. In fact, you don’t have to spend a penny!
Below are our seven top tips and tricks to make your WordPress installation completely secure from the clutches of online data thieves:
1. Never use ‘Admin’ as your username login
Try your best to avoid creating administrator logins to your WordPress account using the ‘Admin’ username. This is undoubtedly the most common username and makes it much easier for hackers to focus on cracking the passwords.
2. Choose an impregnable password
It is highly recommended that you select a password of least 15 characters in length, featuring a mix of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols.
3. Consider 2-factor login authentication
2-step login authentication creates a much-needed extra layer of security from cyber hackers. Google Authenticator for WordPress is particularly effective as it uses a random number generator that’s only available for a matter of seconds and is only accessible using your own device.
4. Select WordPress plugins from only trusted sources
Make sure you select WordPress plugins and themes that are kept up-to-date and actively maintained by developers. This will ensure that if any security loopholes are exploited, developers will react quickly to solve the problem and provide an updated version for download.
5. Update your WordPress environment as often as possible
Similar to your plugins and themes, make sure your overall WordPress installation is up-to-date too in order to protect you and your business fully against the latest cyber attacks.
6. Disable pingbacks and trackbacks
Cyber criminals can utilise pingbacks and trackbacks within the WordPress system to unleash a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) which can severely weaken or disable your website. Disabling this functionality removes the possibility of multiple link notifications from external sites.
7. Back-up your website off-site regularly
By storing a full back-up of your website and its data off-site you will never encounter a cyber attack that’s potentially harmful to the future of your business. If you have a back-up stored in the cloud or on a dedicated server, it’s easy to restore your WordPress website to its previous working state.
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