The Internet’s open nature has allowed not only all sorts of information to roam freely but also hackers looking to exploit website security vulnerabilities. Websites using the content management system WordPress aren’t exempted at all from experiencing threats to their security, the most recent of which was reported just last August 2018 but has already been around for more than a year.
If your website is running on WordPress, you’ll want to ramp up its security so that it won’t fall victim to threats from hackers.
Here are some useful tips you can use to secure your WordPress site better:
Use a strong password when logging in to your WordPress account.
Making your WordPress account password easy for you to remember may be convenient, but it can also put your website at risk. Thankfully, you can make the life of anyone who would attempt to hack your WordPress website more difficult by immediately replacing your old password with a new and strong one.
A strong password for your WordPress account should be more than six characters long. It should also contain a combination of big and small letters, numbers, and special characters. If you find your new password hard to remember the first time, you can write it down for easier memorization and store it somewhere safe.
Add CAPTCHA verification to your WordPress website.
Hackers often use automated tools known as bots to do the dirty work of exploiting vulnerabilities in WordPress’ website security. Sometimes, even with a strong password in place, random bots can still perform automated login and spam data entry attempts to your WordPress website.
Google has got you covered through their reCAPTCHA plugin, which you can add to your WordPress website’s various pages, most especially those that require visitors to fill out personal and other sensitive information. reCAPTCHA lets your website’s visitors confirm that they’re human by making them do short tasks that bots aren’t capable of doing.
Install security plugins for WordPress.
Unfortunately, even if you’ve already beefed up your WordPress security by doing the previously listed tips, there might still be a possibility that your site can get hacked. The worst part is that it’s impractical for you to monitor your WordPress website 24/7 for any suspicious activity.
To make securing your WordPress website easy for you, install security plugins instead and let them notify you about any incoming threats. Just make sure to get security plugins with high ratings and mostly positive reviews only from WordPress’ official plugin library. Install their stable versions and keep them regularly updated as well.
As someone who has their own website that’s running on WordPress, you’ll want to avoid experiencing security nightmares as much as possible. After all, once your WordPress website gets hacked, you should expect visitor traffic to suddenly dwindle. Add to that the difficulty of getting all that lost visitor traffic back. Thus, you should make sure that your WordPress website is protected from the latest threats by applying the above-listed tips to secure it better. You can’t afford to leave your WordPress website’s security to chance and regret not taking any preventive measures to shield it from getting hacked when it’s already too late.