WordPress Security: Prevention Is Better Than Cure!
You must have often heard the phrase “Prevention is better than cure!” being used for human illnesses. This very phrase holds true for WordPress security as well. It is much easier and better to protect your WordPress site than to recover it after it has been attacked.
There exists a common misconception that only those sites get hacked that store sensitive information or are relatively popular. This is not true at all. Each and every site is susceptible to attacks by hackers. As being the most popular and open source CMS platform, WordPress sites have specifically been on the hit list.
This does not mean that WordPress sites are vulnerable. WordPress has many standard solutions to this problem.
At WP Creative, we offer monthly website care plans at a very reasonable fee for SMEs and monitor and upgrade your website on a regular basis to keep it up to date with the technology and security. If you are interested, please talk to one of our WP experts and discuss your needs.
Let’s talk about why prevention is better than cure when it comes to WordPress security!
Why is prevention better than cure in WordPress security?
Investing in preemptive WordPress security is akin to investing in your health; you do not realize its importance until it starts yielding apparent benefits. Nevertheless, it is absolutely essential if you want to avoid the hassle of cleaning up after the mess has been made.
There are numerous ways that you can adopt to clean up your site after the hackers have invaded it. However, it is recommended that you take steps to deter hackers before they get to your website. WordPress is one of the most popular CMS and therefore, it gets unwarranted attention from the hackers. That is why it is in your site’s best interest to take preventive measures in order to avoid malicious activities.
Even if your site does not have sensitive data, it is still vulnerable to attacks. In fact, most of the attacks on WordPress sites are non-targeted. These hackers randomly target websites. Such websites are on their target list to be used for black hat Search Engine Optimization (SEO), DDoS attacks, and malware distribution.
How can you prevent attacks on your WordPress website?
Just like there are ways to clean up the mess created by hackers, there are also ways to prevent these attacks. You will feel relaxed after knowing that these measures are neither time-consuming nor tough to implement. All you need is the determination to take the required measures!
A few measures that you can take to prevent attacks on your WordPress website are:
Keep your WordPress updated
This is probably the easiest thing that you can do to prevent attacks on your site. Keep all the features of your WordPress site updated. This includes WordPress core, WordPress themes, and WordPress plugins. It is recommended that you should always use the latest version of the software so that you can reap maximum benefits out of it. Moreover, doing so will ensure protection for your site as the latest versions are usually more secure.
Give this simple tactic a try and your site will surely become more secure than ever before!
However, we do realize that keeping your WordPress site updated is an extremely time-consuming task. Being a business manager or owner, you definitely have far more important things to deal with. This is where our role becomes important. You can reach out to us and we will ensure that your website is regularly updated.
Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
For logging in to your WordPress site, you only need to enter your username and password. However, doing so does not guarantee a high level of safety. To increase the security of your WordPress site, it is recommended that you should enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). You can do so by installing a relevant plugin.
Two-Factor Authentication comes in various different forms. For instance, you can make your site email you a one-time authentication code that you will be required to enter every time you decide to log in. Moreover, you can even make your website use a reliable app like Google Authenticator to formulate unique codes.
The best aspect of this feature is that it makes it impossible for anyone else to log in to your website even if they know the username and password. The reason is that accessing the site requires a unique code that has limited access. This feature even gives you some time to update your password in case someone is trying to access your account fraudulently.
Apart from this, we recommend our customers to install security plugins such as Wordfence to further increase the safety of their site.
Maintain an audit log to keep an eye on your WordPress
WordPress activity logs allow you to keep an eye on your users and monitor their activity.
For instance, if someone has made multiple attempts to log in to your site then investigating this person’s activity becomes essential. Similarly, if you notice that some sort of changes has been made to your website without your consent, you should take swift action.
If you have the right WordPress activity log plugin installed, monitoring your WordPress site is an easy task. Each and everything can be monitored. You can see what is happening on your website, what exactly are your users doing and what are the hackers actually up to.
There are various plugins available that can assist you in maintaining an activity log. However, choosing the most efficient plugin is important. WP Security Audit Log is one of the most efficient WordPress activity log plugin. It is the most comprehensive one that provides the best coverage. You can even give its free version a try to experience its enormous benefits.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of maintaining an activity log, do not worry. You can always CONTACT US and we will do that for you. Our experts have been maintaining the activity log of numerous clients and they are proficient at this task. Hence, you can trust our team blindly.
Use strong passwords and user permissions
Passwords are one of the essential elements of a website. They play a crucial role in making a site safe and secure. Mostly, hackers steal passwords to get access to websites. You can give hackers a tough time by using strong and unique passwords; passwords that no one else except you can guess.
Businesses are usually reluctant to use difficult passwords because they are afraid that they might forget them. You do not need to worry about memorizing the passwords anymore. There are password managers available in the market that perform this duty on your behalf.
What excuse do you have now to not have strong passwords for your site?
Opt for a reliable hosting company
We cannot emphasize the importance of choosing the right hosting company enough. If you run a business in Australia, you can choose a reputable shared hosting provider like VentraIP or Crucial, know that your site is in safe hands. The reason being that these hosting providers take extra precautionary measures to keep your site protected from possible threats.
However, comparatively, managed WordPress hosting is more secure as compared to shared WordPress hosting. Managed WordPress hosting companies provide automatic backups, automatic WordPress updates, and efficient security configurations.
We would recommend you to opt for WPEngine if you want to go for managed WordPress hosting. In terms of security, it is one of the best one out there!
You can also opt-in for a cloud hosting like Amazon AWS, Google Cloud if you are running a high-traffic or complex website.
Install SSL Certificate
SSL helps in encrypting data exchange between your site and the users’ browser. This makes it tougher for hackers to get into your site and steal information. As soon as you install SSL, your website will start using HTTPS instead of HTTP. Additionally, you will be able to see a padlock sign right next to your site’s address.
Despite the importance of SSL certification, not all hosting companies offer one. Firstly, we recommend our customers to opt for a hosting company that does offer an SSL certificate. However, if you have already opted for a company that does not offer this certification, do not worry. There is a way out!
Talk to us, we will help you to purchase an SSL certificate and install it for you.
Alter your WordPress login URL
By default, your WordPress URL is “yoursite.com/wp-admin ”. If you decide to leave it as is, remember your site will become prone to security attacks. In order to prevent such attacks, it is advisable to change your WordPress login URL or to add a couple of security questions for your key pages.
On top of that, you can even add two-factor authentication that has been discussed above in this article. You can even check for IPs that have made the largest number of failed login attempts and then block those IPs from your site.
The online world is full of danger. You can never predict which danger might strike your WordPress site. Hence, you need to be vigilant throughout in order to prevent hackers from reaching your site. Vigilance can be observed by adopting either one or all of the above-mentioned measures. It is ideal that you adopt all the three measures so that your site’s security can be maximised and your stress can be minimised.
Making your WordPress site safe and secure should be your first priority. Even if you have not made it your priority yet, do it now!
One of the best ways of doing so is to hand over the task of securing your site to our team of experts. They know the art of protecting your site against all possible dangers.
Here is your golden chance to get expert advice regarding your WordPress website’s security. Do not forget to avail it.
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