5 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Site

Secure Your WordPress Site

WordPress is one of the most popular blog publishing platforms on the web, and for good reason. It's easy to use, easy to install and has a massive userbase. But with popularity comes responsibility: it's important that you secure your site. For tips about how to keep your site safe from hackers and malware, see this article.

1. How to protect your site from a security breach

No matter how careful you are online, there’s always a chance that your site will get hacked. If you’re concerned about the security of your site, here are some steps you can take to secure it: 1) Back up your site regularly. Even if you don’t have a development team set up for your site, you should back up your data regularly. The most basic option for the Mac is File Vault, which you can find here. A basic Google Doc with all your content is also a great backup. 2) Make sure you never use the same username and password for more than one site. Don't forget that if you have a login at WordPress that includes a Blogspot or WordPress login, you’ve just wasted two different passwords. 3) Enable 2-factor authentication. Make your site more difficult for hackers by adding a verification link to your login page and a username and password that both you and the hacker have to enter simultaneously.

While the details of what you can and can't do with 2-factor authentication vary by site, here are some useful guides to help you. 4) Use a reputable, highly secure password manager. While not foolproof, strong, long, and unique passwords are essential for preventing hackers from hacking your site. Whenever you create or change a password, consider if you could avoid doing so by using a different, shorter, more common, or more complex password. 5) Create a strong "no friends" or "no sites" rule. Any password manager worth their salt will allow you to create rules to tell the site which users they can access with what passwords (or which sites they have to log in to before they can try again). If hackers get access to your site and your password is known to any of your sites, you'll be effectively locked out of most of your site for good, and it's much harder to get back into the site afterward. You can think of this as your "no cookie" rule.

2. How to keep your site safe from hackers

If you have a blog or a website, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect it from hackers. By taking a few simple steps, you can make sure that you’re not a liability to your site owners or the companies who advertise on your site. The following are five tips for ensuring your own website is as secure as you can make it.

Change your DNS server

Almost every web browser has a built-in feature that lets you query a website’s DNS servers, allowing you to work around equipment deficiencies like weak or out-of-date DNS servers. This behavior allows your browser to work around restrictions in the service provider’s network.

Some web browsers spend this query just to show users the page content: if you don’t redirect to the correct server, then the browser won’t show the native content of your page. But you don’t want that.

The more information you pass through a website’s DNS server the more traffic your website gains. So you should set this setting to a static IP address.

Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera will all take this setting from you and do their best to run the necessary queries to your site’s DNS server.

The downside is that this will affect your site’s speed. So you may want to either settle for a slightly slower pace (although being slower won’t affect traffic levels) or put up with slightly longer loading times.

Put your website’s IP address at the top of every page

This will work around the inconvenience caused by out-of-date DNS servers and the dreaded loading time.

If you tried the previous tip and set your DNS servers, but your website gets served from, say, a California server instead of a Virginia one, the website will automatically point its visitors to that IP address. By putting your server’s IP address at the top of every page, website visitors are taken directly to your server instead of having to go through a DNS query.

3. Why your WordPress password needs to be strong and how to create one

Your WordPress password is the key to your blog. If someone hacks into your blog, they can do a lot of damage or steal your information. To prevent this from happening, you need to make sure your WordPress password is strong and hard to guess, and you need to change it regularly. The password is displayed prominently on every page of your site. You could lose your entire site if a particular hacker gains access to your password. In order to protect your password, we strongly recommend the use of a password manager such as LastPass, Roboform, or Keeper.

Security questions + answers

When you set up your blog, you should have a friendly conversation with a user and ask if they would like to "Allow me to edit this post." If the person accepts, you:

Ask the user how they entered their username/password

Encrypt your username and password with an SSL certificate and allow only one person to access the site with that username, password, and SSL certificate. SEOs recommend using Both methods.

Generate unique, strong passwords for all of your WordPress users (both username and password)

Put these passwords in (preferably) a safe, physical location (like your wallet) - tougher to crack than your database.

Use a password manager to store and manage WordPress passwords for you, and make sure you're generating unique, long, and very strong passwords for all of your users.

RA codes & UTM codes

Your bloggers probably don't log in to their email accounts on a regular basis, so you might consider using codes that are off the record. Although there are a variety of codes and services to make this happen, two widely used are the RA code and the UTM code. Both of these codes are placed on every page of your site, which are reminders for your blog audience to keep their accounts secure.

RA codes are a simple reminder that your user has authenticated themselves with their WordPress username and password.

4. Why do you need a security plugin for WordPress, and which one is best

You need to protect your site from hackers and spammers. WordPress is the most popular open-source blogging platform in the world, and it’s also one of the most popular targets for hackers to try and break into. By using a free security plugin, you can protect your site from common threats like malware, brute force attacks, and spam. The best blogging platform to use for your website is the WordPress platform. It’s a secure platform, and it’s not easy to hack into or create botnets (networked computers with no limit on the number of connections). But there are great free alternatives to WordPress:

As you can see, there’s quite a bit of overlap between the three. You should use whichever blogging platform you find best, but in many cases, the free alternatives offer a much better experience compared to their more expensive counterparts.

While it’s possible to create better websites without any programming knowledge at all, it’s often easier to accept a web design with a basic understanding of coding principles and how to fine-tune site code.

Experienced web developers can pick up basic coding skills relatively quickly and can choose between the programming languages that are popular in the industry. For example, many of the most popular technology companies use PHP as their main programming language:

It’s important to start coding alongside website design because you’ll eventually need to code your site’s backend. As websites grow, they require more and more complex backends that handle user logging, handling payments, sending emails, and more. Once you’re well-trained in the basic concepts of the backend technology, you can advance to learning more advanced concepts like migrations and APIs. For more tips on how to choose a programming language, see this article.

If you’re writing content for a website that’s going to be in the programming languages where you’re most comfortable, they’re a great starting point.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is vital in making your site appear like a real piece of content.

Conclusions: 

These tips will help you prevent the vast majority of WordPress hacking attempts, but no system is completely secure. Always have backups on hand so that you can restore the site in case of an attack or other problem.

You’ll never be completely secure, but you can reduce your risk by following these tips. Make sure to always back up your site in the event of an attack or other problem. If you’re reading this article on WordPress.com because you are unfamiliar with the platform, this should help you get started.

We’ve already discussed the basic security features, but let’s focus now on those that WordPress.com adds on their own. These are good places to start — but be sure to also check other important areas of your site.

Keep in mind that WordPress.com adds security features on its own. While these will help you, your site’s external hosts may also use them. This means that these hosts’ customers may also benefit from these additional features. So, be sure to add any security additional features to your site’s own codebase. This includes escrow, passwordReset, and sanitize_home() functions.

WordPress.com is not the only platform that includes these additional security features. Fortune shared some other popular ones:

As mentioned, passwordReset is supposed to automatically reset your passwords to exclude email addresses. However, for security reasons, you need to test it to see if it works before using it.

Payment processors like PayPal have a history of flagging charges as fraudulent. Don’t be the next victim of that negative experience. Both eBay and Stripe have similar powers when it comes to fraud flagged on their sites.

WordPress.com also includes secure HTTPS Everywhere, which encrypts all of your sensitive data when visiting any supported HTTPS website. It’s a secure method that ensures your website won’t be read by anyone who does not have your SSL certificate installed on their web server.

Keep in mind, too, that WordPress.com also automatically includes these security features with your site. It’s more a recommendation than anything. If you’re going to include them, you should also test them.

Ensure all sensitive data is either stored securely or accounted for.


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