5 easy steps to follow to make your WordPress website secure

Your website is your virtual asset that reaps you profits time to time. It is your responsibility to keep it safe from the possible attacks of hackers.

There isn’t any declared security system to safeguard your website however you may always have a self-defense mechanism against the digital attackers. Here are a few known to all steps that offer you security against the cyber attacks:

Don’t set your username to 'Admin'

The very common mistake that most WordPress beginners make is setting their username as “ADMIN”. It is suggested to show a little effort and set a unique username. Your username is the first point of the breach if you make it common or easy, your offering hackers and bots the key to your front door.

WordPress Keys

WordPress offers you some specific security keys in order to help you in making your website hack safe. There are four authentication keys & four hashing salts (name used for random bits of data). These keys work by providing you extra secure coverage for the websites cookies and passwords.

These keys are an awesome feature of WordPress, however, to make them extra strong you need to work on the customisation.

You can find these keys in your wp-config.php file immediately after the database credential. All you need to do is place your unique phrase against each key to make a powerful & secure system for your website.

Set your site to auto-update

With the launch of WordPress 3.7, the administrator has got relaxation from the hassle of updating their security parameters. Under some conditions (when your website is not actively managed or you run a very simple site), this feature makes it a lot easier to fix or disable any plugin if it stops working or does not work as expected. Isn’t it easier than doing a tedious exercise of post hacking solutions?

Even if you are not running the latest version of the WordPress (why would you not be?), do not worry! There are many hosting companies that will do you the favor and automatically update your WordPress versions.

Use two-factor authentication

Let’s talk about little practicality and safeguard your login details. Thinking that once you set the password for your website your website is safe from the digital attacks is a major mistake. In today’s high technology savvy world it is very easy for bots to crack any password (no matter the strength measure of it).

The two-factor authentication ensures a double check on your websites security. It is a combination of two security measures. The first is what you know and the second is what you own. You need to enter your password or pin (that you know) while logging in, the site may send you a passcode on your mobile or as an email on your device (that you own). In this way, you have a foolproof security system. You can use the link & follow the instruction to set up two-factor authentication.

Back up your website

If you are one lazy person and do not want to get into all the dos & don’ts of this article. You must have a backup system in place. At minimum get a host who can save you from the worst scenario of getting hacked. If anyhow you get hacked (thanks for being lazy) the host will help you get back your pre-hacked website up and running from a previous restore point. Another thing you can do is getting a service, like website management platform Perfect Dashboard, where you can schedule backups regularly. Moreover, it’s good to check the integrity of every backup in order to be sure it’s complete. Then you have 100% chances that you have a true, not corrupted backup.

I am sure you must be thinking how easy it is to safeguard your website? Also, all these points are something you knew from the start but didn’t pay any attention to it. Now when you have this article for reference it is not late to start right away. Have a strong password and do not get hacked.

Happy blogging!!

Brett Golding

Blogger and Developer at OptinEnterprise.com