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Quick Tips for Secure WordPress Sites

Quick Tips for Secure WordPress Sites

The last thing you want to have happen when maintaining a WordPress (WP) site is getting hacked. Recently, hacking has become somewhat of an online epidemic and WP remains a prime target of all open source blogging platforms. Regardless of the fact, there are several different ways to safeguard your WP site. Below are some of the easy to follow tips on how to better secure your WP plugins. 1-    Use the latest versions of WP and plugins: By following this step you do yourself a favor, as it cleans and fixes any apparent website weak spots, which spybots are always watchful for. 2-    Hide WP version: A good way to prevent your WP site from a cyber attack is to keep the attackers guessing on which version you’re using. You can make the necessary adjustments by going to your theme’s folder and opening the header.php then delete the line, since this particular command is of no real importance. 3-    Use the most secure WordPress theme: While most cyber attacks are mainly associated to unprotected WP themes and plugins, it is also very important to delete old and dormant themes. You can either use ftp or your WP admin dashboard to get rid of them, or you can simply restore them to full operation. 4-    Secure WordPress permission: To hike up your security you should look to secure file permissions. You can do this by installing and enabling IIS Forms authentication and URL authorization modules (assuming you’re using an IIS server in the first place). From there, be sure to reset its settings to protect WP IIS admin folder(s). 5-    Use security plugins: There are a number of website security plugins for you to choose from. Each have their own exclusive features and advantages that meet your needs. When you employ security plugins, be sure to keep them updated so that any weaknesses are patched up. Some of the better security plugins include BulletProof Security, WP Security Scan, Login Lockdown and Better WP Security. 6-    Secure WP login: You can secure your WP login by constricting access to your WP admin directory, one thing you could do is change the admin username and create a stronger password. Your password, at the very least, should be ten characters long with a combination of lower case letters, capital letters, symbols, and numbers. You could always keep track of login attempts and issue restrictions to avoid any cyber hostiles breaching your site. These are just a few steps in protecting your site from any potentially harmful attacks. Yet as a gentle reminder, nothing works to perfection. Employing any of these methods does not fully guarantee your website won’t be compromised. However, if you take the necessary steps in keep your security system up-to-date on a consistent basis, then you will make life for hackers very difficult.