WordPress is one of the most popular CMS in the internet. But in recent times, several WordPress sites were hacked due to vulnerabilities. There has been constant upgrading of WordPress and plugins to keep the sites secure.
A hacked site is very painful to handle and causes problems in site reputation among customers and also search engines.
Hence WordPress owners should consider the following security tips to safeguard their sites:
This essentially adds another layer of security to protect against hackers to get unauthorized access. This involves two checks to make sure the user who logs in is authorized. These checks can be any combination of the usual login information, a confidential code, set of characters etc.
WordPress recommends hosting companies that offer SSL by default. The use of SSL certificates is very crucial. WordPress websites that do not have SSL installed (https protocol) will need to add it to their website as soon as possible.
Hackers generally hack the WordPress sites by guessing the admin username and password. It is always better to use a password generator that generates a lengthy random password. Even more, when there are multiple users in your WordPress website, extra care must be taken to see if all of their passwords are not easy to guess.
You can also limit WordPress admin login attempts by IP address or referrer
Many plugins are developed with Vulnerabilities. Most hackers can easily find the plugins used in a Wordpress site with tools such as BuiltWith and explore the Vulnerable plugins to hack the site. It is very important to choose properly coded plugins and furthermore, these plugins must be upgraded when updates are available. Trustworthy developers or companies that develop plugins constantly test their plugins and release updates to fix the vulnerabilities with patches.
Delete all plugins that are not used or do not have regular updates from their respective developers.
5.Backup Site files and Database:
Take regular Backups of all files and database. So in case of worst scenario, a healthy backup can be quickly restored in the server.