2017 WordPress Website Security Requirements To Stay Safe
No matter how much work you might have done over your website. It really doesn’t matter. Remember one simple thing, “All Websites are vulnerable”. So, if you have done nothing wrong with the website, still there are chances where any website’s security can be jeopardized at any time. This is the way internet works. Anything can happen at any time.
This doesn’t mean that you can do nothing. This only means that you have to do a lot of things. There is no such tool or plugin like an anti-virus in a computer which will protect your all files. As the internet gives you access to the realm of a seamless flow of knowledge, yet the doors of helms deep are also open. As you can pass through it doesn’t mean no one else will pass. Actually, everyone will pass through it and this invites trouble as well.
Through this loads of malicious script also flows and constantly tries to take a toll on your WordPress website. They constantly try to get through your website. This makes it more crucial to keep your website secure at all cost. In order to do that you must cope with the growing trend of security of WordPress website as these hackers are constantly keeping up to find ways to breach the security.
This brings us to the latest WordPress Website Security requirements to keep you safe from these malicious scripts and another type of attacks. To be honest, these tricks are not new actually, but they are very crucial as they can eliminate these threats and keep your WordPress Website safe and secure. Let’s get started with these tips. Here we go,
Security Tips/Requirements to make your WordPress Website Safe.
I have put these things in the list so that, you can follow them as a daily routine or weekly whatsoever suits you. In this section, we’re going to discuss some of the key areas. A website is exactly like a human body if one area is affected then the entire body will suffer.
So, these are the steps you need to do, for prevention of any malicious script and to make it more secure.
1. Regularly Update your WordPress Website
The WordPress improves along with its security in every new release. The newer version always fixes the bugs and possible vulnerability of the WordPress website. This is the reason whenever any WordPress nerd gives off security tips about WordPress. This is always the point that is mentioned in almost every article you’ll search over the internet. You’ll be at risk if you didn’t update your WordPress core files.
2. Similarly, update your Themes and plugins
The above step is same with the plugins and themes. If you want to be safe from all the vulnerability and bugs and breach in the security. Always keep your WordPress website’s plugins and Themes up to date.
Allow me to tell you why? It is because as same as WordPress core files, the plugins and themes constantly update their files to keep themselves on track and technology to keep the bugs out. The older version is most likely to caught up in the act of hacking. The update to a plugin and theme is likely to fix as much as bugs and vulnerability it can in order to cover all the loopholes which hackers community eagerly searching all the time. So, the update will prevent that and you will be secure.
3. Backup WordPress website on regular basis
Now, since you’re constantly updating your WordPress website, this means the chances of any security breaches are reducing. But hey! I said reducing, not cleared out of all dangers. So, what you need to do is always keep backup of your website and on regular basis. This is very important as if with constant updates there are many recent happenings of compatibility issues.
These are the cases when your WordPress core files update but the Plugins and Themes are not updated. Then there are chances you might face compatibility issues regarding your WordPress website. So, it is advised that you always keep backup of your website to be on the safer side.
4. Limit your Login Attempts and change your password periodically
You all have heard this term “Brute Force”. For those who don’t know (Which I doubt that most unlike condition), this means an algorithm which continuously tries the unlimited number of combinations of numbers, alphabet, and symbols to crack your password. This is “Brute Force”.
Most of the hacker use it to crack WordPress password. Why? Because most of the user don’t use plugins that limit the number of failed attempts to log in. So be smart and use a plugin such as WP Limit Login Attempts.
Also, periodically change your password and always use a very strong unpredictable password.
5. Rename Login URL and Admin Name
By default, the WordPress login URL and Admin Name is either wp-login.php or wp-admin. And as you and I know this fact, Hackers also know and they usually start their hacking by guessing your login URL. So, change it. Use the security plugin of iThemes Security and change the URL.
6. Use SSL
Use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) in order to encrypt your admin data. This also makes a secure data transfer between the server and the user browser. Mostly this feature always comes in from your hosting providers as a service. All you have to do is ask for it and deeds will be done. They will definitely provide you the SSL certificates.
If not then you can “purchase one from the third-party company like Rapid SSL”.
So, the Security of your WordPress website is basically on your hands. Because the chief cause for this is, it is your responsibility and you should do it yourself.
There is no shortcut for securing your WordPress website. So, keep it tight.
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