Backing up your site is about creating a copy of all the site’s data and storing it somewhere secondary and safe. That way, you can restore the site from that backup copy in case anything bad happens.There are lots of good backup solutions and you can contact your hosting provider Utande Internet Services (Pvt) Ltd for assistance.
The wp-config.php file is one of the most important, hence vulnerable files on your site. It hosts crucial information and data about your whole WordPress installation. It’s technically the core of your WordPress site. If something bad happens to it, you won’t be able to use your blog normally.
One simple thing you can do is take that wp-config.php file, and simply move it one step above your WordPress root directory. Your WordPress site won’t be affected at all by this move, but hackers won’t be able to find it anymore.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is a great strategy through which you can encrypt your admin data. SSL makes the data transfer between the user browser and the server secure. To get an SSL certificate you may buy one from your hosting provider Utande Internet Services (Pvt) Ltd. If you’re using SSL encryption, you won’t just secure your website, but you’ll also rank higher in Google rankings. Google favors sites that use SSL.
By default, the URL you use to log into your dashboard is either wp-login.php or wp-admin, added after your site’s main URL. For instance, YOURSITE.com/wp-login.php
And guess what, those two are also the most accessed URLs by hackers who want to get into your database. If you change that URL, you reduce the chances of finding yourself in trouble. Guessing a custom login URL is way harder for hackers.
The iThemes Security plugin does this trick. For instance, your login URL can turn into something like YOURSITE.com/I_like_my_security. This is one of those WordPress security tips that’s very simple to do.
If you are not the only user who has access to your site, be careful when setting up new user accounts too. If you have many users, you could limit their functions and permissions. They should only have access to the functionalities that are essential for them to do their job.
Force Strong Passwords can help you with this issue too. By default, WordPress recommends a strong password, but it won’t force you to change it if you’re picking a weak one. This plugin won’t let you proceed unless your password is strong enough. This could be a good solution for all the people who enter your admin. Essentially, it is your only way of making sure that they use strong passwords just like you do.
Do not let your login form allow unlimited username and password attempts because this is exactly what helps a hacker to succeed. If you let them try an infinite number of times, they will eventually discover your login data. Limiting the available attempts is the first thing you should do to prevent that.
Also, by changing your passwords often, you further decrease any hacker’s chances of breaking into your site. Though, by “often” this does not mean every day once in 2-3 months would be enough. Diversity kills the fun for those who are trying to break in.
Website Security Tip #2: Update Themes and Plugins
With regards to plugins and themes, you should update your current theme and the plugins you have installed on your site. This helps you avoid vulnerabilities, bugs, and potential security breach points.
How to do this: Go to Plugins / Installed Plugins and the list of all your plugins will appear. If a certain plugin is not on its latest version, WordPress will let you know.
To update your theme, go to Appearance / Themes, and you will see all your installed themes there. The outdated ones will be marked just like plugins were. Simply click on “Update now.”Apart from updating every plugin and theme, keep in mind to also remove the plugins and themes that you do not use.
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Why Website Security is Important?
A hacked WordPress site can cause serious damage to your business revenue and reputation. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users. Worst, you may find yourself paying ransomware to hackers just to regain access to your website.
There are a few things you should put on the list when it comes to doing a routine check. Reviewing these steps once a month will make your website more secure.
We are going to be focusing on certain, key site areas. To some extent, a website is like the human body. If a certain part is damaged, it affects the whole system.
Tip #1: Use Latest WordPress versions
With any new release, WordPress gets improved and its security is improved too. Lots of bugs and vulnerabilities are fixed every time a new version comes out. Also, if any particularly malicious bug gets discovered, the WordPress core guys will take care of it and force a new safe version promptly. If you don’t update, you will be at risk.
To update WordPress, you first need to go to your dashboard. At the top of the page, you’ll see an announcement every time a new version is out. Click to update and then click on the blue “Update Now” button. It only takes a few seconds.
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