WordPress based websites are really great for all types of businesses. WordPress can be easily installed and used, and it’s no wonder it has been used widely. But interacting with a large number of users, having a number of unsafe and outdated plugins and themes can make your WordPress site an easy target.
Of course, there are always ways to protect your website, and we have selected few tips and tricks you can apply in order to enhance your business site’s protection. Here are seven of them.
Use 2-Factor Authentication
One way to add an extra protection to your website is to use two-factor authentication (2FA).
This method requires a second factor of information to be implemented in order to gain access or verify activity. For example, connecting mobile device in such a way so that the access code gets sent on a phone is one way to do it.
With 2FA it’s much harder to access someone’s account from a different advice, and with not enough information, hackers will have to try other ways to break your defenses.
Protect Your Login Page
Largest number of website attacks is based on a “brute-force” approach. Hackers will try over and over again to access your website until they manage to break your password.
One of the things you can do is to limit the number of logins. If the user has tried multiple options for login, user gets restricted from access for a certain period of time. There is a number of really useful apps you can choose to help you with this issue.
Another way to protect your login page is to manage it smartly. You can hide some of the information here, and make it even harder for hackers to access the needed information. You can also rename or relocate your login page, separating it from your main content and making it extremely hard for anyone to hack.
Choose a Reliable Web Host
You can invest in your site’s safety, but your website is only as safe as your host is.
Large numbers of security breaks originate from unreliable hosting server. When deciding to build your WordPress website you must pay special attention to hosting providers. Selecting the one that suits your needs the best, and are reliable must be a priority. There are also great providers for shared hosting, with very secure features, but you can always get a dedicated server to expand your features, and be absolutely certain about your security.
Switch to HTTPS and SSL for Data Security
In order to avoid any third-party involvement in information transfer between you and your website, you should think of switching to SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This method helps encrypt all the information sent and received from your website and it keeps it safe and private.
Easiest way to see if a site is SSL certified is to see if its URL address starts with HTTPS instead of HTTP. SSL is best used with protecting private information like credit card or account numbers, as well as personal information, and it is mostly used to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks from third party.
Carefully Choose Themes and Plugins
Achilles heel of most WordPress sites are usually out-dated and outnumbered themes and plugins. Higher the number of these plugins, higher the risk of hack attacks.
You should make sure your plugins are updated regularly. When setting them up, you can make sure they are set up to update automatically to save you some time.
Experts from WebDel WordPress Developer Sydney recommend that you always use the official premium plugins. Don’t get them for free from pirate sources, because most of them are packed with malware, and quite a number of those cracked and hacked apps have a number of weaknesses which can make your website more prone to attack.
Update To The Latest Core Version
Another easy way for hackers to access your website and gain information and sensitive data is through the WordPress version number. You should always keep it hidden, which can be done easily.
You should also keep in mind that the most recent core WordPress updates provide you with a variety of security features and protection upgrades, that help you stay safe, so you should always keep it updated, or even better, set it up on an automatic update schedule.
Do Regular Backups
There are quite a number of apps and plugins made specifically to help you with backup of your content. No matter how secure your site is, you should make sure to back it up regularly, preventing any serious blowback from potential attacks.
Regular backups will save you a lot of time and money if you are ever faced with a serious hacking attack.
Naturally, there is a number of ways to think of your website’s security, but following these seven tips can help you protect your online business for a very low cost.
Getting to understand and apply these methods will help you expand your knowledge of your website security, and with ever-expanding WordPress community, you may be able to find some answers with other users, or you may help someone who has encountered a similar problem.
Steven Clarke is digital marketing specialist/business consultant. In his spare time, he likes to write about his ideas and share them with the world. Steven is a regular contributor to several websites.