WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms on the Internet. However, because of the sheer number of WordPress members along with its ease of use WordPress is sometimes a target for hackers. Let's look at some ways to keep your WordPress site secure
Keep Your WordPress Site Secure: Choose a Strong Password
A strong password is a must for any account you have, including WordPress. Unfortunately, some people choose simple passwords or a general password they use for all of their accounts. It’s really important to create an original password that’s mixed with a variation of letters, symbols, and numbers. Hackers use password crack tools, and if you have a common password, it makes it easy for hackers to attack and compromise your website. WordPress can generate random 12 digit passwords for you which are harder to hack. These are useful. Just remember to write the password down. If you don't use a publicly accessed computer you can also tick the box ‘remember me' on the log in screen.
Keep Your WordPress Site Secure: Back Up your WordPress Website
Have you ever written a report or something else in a computer document and forgotten to save it? Very frustrating when its lost. Likewise with your WordPress website. You should back up everything on your WordPress website regularly so you don't lose all your hard work. Although your website hosting company may help, it’s recommended to find a powerful backup plugin.
For example, Updraft Plus is a free tool provided by WordPress that backs up all of your data into your chosen destination, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, SFTP, FTP, and much more.
Keep Your WordPress Site Secure: Choose a Strong Web hosting Company
Choose a Strong Web hosting Company: There are a number of web hosting companies available, and it can be difficult to know which one to use. For that reason it’s important to do your research before deciding on a web hosting company as there are many companies that don’t utilize web security tools. Make sure you choose a web hosting company that not only offers security tools, but also monitors your website for threats.
Keep Your WordPress Site Secure: Delete Plugins your don't use
Plugins add extra functionality to a website but can be a route for hackers into your website if not deleted when not in use or regularly updated. If you choose to deactivate a plugin its best practice to delete it completely. If you don’t delete it as well you are leaving codes on your server. This is an open invitation for hackers to exploit your website. Always press the “Delete” key after you’ve deactivated unused plugins.
Keep Your WordPress Site Secure: Use a Secure Server Only
When you login to your WordPress account, make sure you are using a secured, wired Internet connection. If you a use a wireless Internet connection be certain that it has secure encoding and data encryption. Accessing your account from public places that offer free Wi-Fi makes your website vulnerable to hackers.
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