How to Protect Your WordPress Website from Hackers

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WordPress is the most widely used open source blogging platform, powering 25% of all websites on the internet. A number of features make the platform the best choice for bloggers or business owners who are unfamiliar with the technical aspects of running a website. WordPress provides a user-friendly content management system and a developer-friendly interface that ultimately allows users to create their own website or blog.

Despite all of the positive news, WordPress websites are extremely vulnerable to cyber assaults. If you fail to maintain your website secure, hackers will go to great lengths to compromise its vital data and deface the information housed there. You can’t only rely on your web hosting company for everything. Allowing intruders to damage your online identity is not a good idea. Here are some methods for protecting your website from a hacker’s attack:

Backups of your website on a regular basis may be beneficial:

Regular backups allow you to rebuild your website from the ground up if its data is lost. WordPress reminds website and blog owners to update to the most recent version available on a regular basis. Upgrading versions, plug-ins, and patches can significantly minimize the threat of a brute force assault. It is advised that you take a thorough backup of your website before upgrading it. Though the frequency is entirely up to you, I would recommend at least a weekly backup. There are a variety of premium and free WordPress plug-ins available for speedy website backup.

Limit Login Attempts:

Hackers frequently try a variety of login combinations to gain access to your WordPress Websites admin panel. This is known as a brute force attack in technical terms. As a result, you can install a plug-in that prevents multiple failed login attempts and even bans an IP address after a set number of failed attempts. Allowing cons to guess and try login attempts is not a good idea; toss them out straight away with the correct tool. I have a login restricting tool installed that allows me to pick between failed login attempts, locking patterns, and IP ban choices.

Admin should not be used as a user name:

Using the username ‘Admin’ as a user name allows hackers to brute force your admin dashboard. Hackers simply need to modify password combinations to gain access to your account because they already know your username is ‘Admin.’ You can avoid having your user account hijacked if you change your username to something different. You can alter the username if you’ve already installed WordPress and used admin as the username. Take advantage of the WordPress communities for assistance.

Avoid using simple passwords:

 Most of us are so oblivious to this fact that we don’t even notice it. We frequently choose passwords that are easy to guess, such as your maiden name or date of birth. This allows hackers to gain access to your WordPress account. I would advise against using a password that begins with your name, the name of a website, a string of numbers, or your spouse’s nickname. Use a combination of integers, alphanumeric characters, special characters, and alphabets to create a complex password. If you just use your computer for work, you can enable the’ remember password’ option in your browser to save your credentials.

Besides above, you may also try employing comment spam plug-ins to block unwanted spam comments from appearing on your blog pages. Hackers have used comments to gain access to websites in the past.

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