Protecting Your WordPress Website
Protecting Your WordPress website may seem to be a huge task for you; therefore, I have put together this post to help guide you in the right direction.
WordPress has become one of the most popular platforms for websites and blogs. While we try our best to defend our websites from unwanted individuals to cause damage or inject hidden spammy links, WordPress does not come fully prepared for this out of the box. That’s why it is important to make sure that your WordPress is as secure as possible.
Here are some useful tips to help keep your WordPress website or blog to be more secure and less prone to malicious attacks.
1. Keep EVERYTHING Updated
Almost all the website or blogs on the Internet are vulnerable to attacks from unwanted bugs and softwares. Like your own personal computer, your Windows or Mac OS or antivirus programs the updates are to prevent your computer from malware and viruses to enter your computer and cause havoc. Keeping your software up-to-date is a good way to stave off attacks, because reliable software vendors will fix their products once security holes are found.
Fortunately, keeping your WordPress site up-to-date is very easy. WordPress has included the ability to install automatic updates and most hosts will notify you that the a new WordPress update is available by email.
If you aren’t running the latest WordPress, upgrade now.
2. Use Security Key In Your WP-CONFIG File
These security keys are stored in your wp-config.php file, which is in the root of your WordPress directory. You’ll want to ensure that they are setup properly.
Generate the security key here: https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/
Using the File Manager in your cPanel (or any other editor that you’re comfortable with), open the wp-config.php file.
These security keys help encrypt the data that is stored in the cookies, which is data that helps WordPress identify your computer as one that is logged into your WordPress website as a certain user. If your WordPress cookies are ever obtained by someone with bad intentions, the encrypted cookie will make it much more difficult if not impossible for this individual to compromise your website using your cookies.
3. Use Strong Passwords
In addition to the security key in your wp-config file, generate strong passwords for all your logins. Use upper and lowercase letters, numbers and use punctuation if possible. Use a password generator if you want a completely random password and write it down. Get the password generator here https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/
4. Update Your Htaccess File
The .htaccess file allows your to set access limits to certain directories. You can limit access to a specific IP address so that only people from that location can access your information.
For more information on .htaccess go here http://www.askapache.com/htaccess/htaccess.html
5. File Permissions
File permissions is very easy to configure. Hackers are able to gain access to the site because if not set correctly, they are able to easily access your files.
The WordPress codex has a great outline of what permissions are acceptable. http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_File_Permissions
I hope this guide gives you a better overview of how to protect your WordPress website.
If you have any questions or inquiries please contact me and I’ll be happy to reply you with an answer.