We’re not going to say that you can make your WordPress website completely impregnable, but there are a few simple things you can do to make it less likely to be targeted:
- Make sure your passwords are strong
Do not use weak passwords such as dictionary words, always make sure that your password contains numbers, punctuation and both lower and upper case characters. The easiest way you can do this is to think of a song lyric that you will never forget and use that.
- Delete admin accounts that are not used or needed
Do not keep user accounts that have administrator privileges if they are not used or needed, they are a risk as they provide potential hackers with another possible avenue into your control panel. Don’t worry about losing content that these user accounts have created, when deleting you can assign all content to another existing user.
- Secure your Admin account
It’s one thing to make sure you have a strong password but if your administrator account has the default “admin” username then this just makes it that much easier for hackers to try to brute force the password. If they don’t know the username, the password is even more secure!
- Make sure your WordPress installation is up-to-date
Wordpress updates are released for two reasons; to release new features and to fix known problems. The latter is extremely important. You should update WordPress whenever possible (making sure your theme and plugins are compatible with the new version) as this will make sure that known vulnerabilities in the core system are patched and potential threats avoided.
- Keep your plugins in check
If you’re not using a plugin then deactivate it, preferably deleting it as well. Unused plugins can be a security liability if not updated and may even slow your website down. If your plugin has an update, make sure it’s installed. Out-of-date plugins may contain security flaws.
Don’t forget that when performing any changes to your website you should make sure that you first have an up-to-date backup of your files and database in case something goes wrong.
We hope these tips help you keep your website secure and give you piece of mind.