WordPress rules about a quarter of the Internet world, and so, it becomes vital to protect your websites from online miscreants. No matter how cautious you are (though this is an exception to human nature), there is always some loophole in maintaining one’s security (when you are online, obviously). Here we discuss six important ways to effectively secure your websites:
- Using a quality host:
A host can be thought of as the street of your website in the internet world. It is literally the base of your website, where your website resides. And if the security of the host itself is compromised, then the depth of the damage that can be caused to your website is unimaginable.
A quality host will update its software, services, and tools regularly so that any threat or security breaches can be eliminated, thus avoiding the possible damage. Also, web hosts offer security features like DDoS protection and SSL/TLS certificates. DreamPress is the most preferred WordPress hosting service. One can also search for other host providers that best suit their security needs.
- Switching your website to HTTPS:
HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) has become, sort of obsolete now. HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) ensures that your site’s data is encrypted when it is traveling from your side to the node that is trying to access your site’s content. Earlier HTTPS was in use only for securing critical details like credit/debit card credentials. But now, most of the tech giants have completely shifted to securing their websites with HTTPS.
For switching to HTTPS, you actually need an SSL/TSL certificate. this certificate talks to your browsers and informs them that your site is properly encrypted and legitimate. Once you get the certificate, you need to implement HTTPS in your website. Most of the high-quality host providers (like DreamHost) come with the provision of SSL/TSL certificates also.
- Creating reliable login credentials:
Creating a strong, ironclad password is not everyone’s cup of tea. When you first create a website on WordPress, a default username ‘admin’ is assigned to you. It is your choice to change it or leave it the same. But not changing it is the better option since it will become difficult to track your website (because most of the websites will be having the same username as ‘admin’).
Now comes the password part. It is highly recommended to choose four letters, random combination of special characters as your password (this method is very popular nowadays). If selecting a password is a headache for you, you can allow WordPress to automatically generate a random password directly within the WordPress backend.
- Enabling a Web Application Firewall:
A firewall is basically meant to protect your system from malicious intruders and security breaches. Then comes a firewall exclusively for your specific websites, a group of sites or even servers, i.e. Web Application Firewall or WAF. It actually performs the task of a barrier that keeps your website discrete from other websites out there.
It scans incoming requests, detects suspicious events and attacks and blocks them all, thus securing your website proficiently. If you are using a host that does not provide WAF, then you can opt for a dedicated tool (Cloudflare is one of those tools).
- Implementing two-factor authentication:
Two-factor authentication is considered one of the most secure methods to secure yourself online. Also termed as two-step authentication, it verifies (or validates) that you are the real or legitimate owner of the website.
When you provide your username and password to access your website, in the second step, a code will be sent to your registered contact (email or mobile device). You can access or log in to your website only when you submit the correct code.
- Backing up your website regularly:
Even if you follow most of the securing techniques, hackers always find a way to steal your data. Another possible measure you can take is creating a backup of your site. Doing this will allow you to have a copy of your website content in case your website is hacked and you have to restore the website to its original content. It is recommended to create at least three backups of your site and store them in different storage mediums like cloud and hard disk drives.
WordPress team spends a lot of time to secure their system from such malicious attacks. But still, we all are in some way or the other, responsible if something harmful happens because of carelessness. Securing the website should be considered as the most critical task, because once the site is hacked, it may take a long time to recover the lost data, money and clients’ trust.
Sunny Chawla is a Marketing Manager at AIS Technolabs – a Web design and Development Company. Helping global businesses with unique and engaging tools for their business. He would love to share thoughts on Ecm Services, Web Designing and WordPress Development India.