How Can I Increase My WordPress Security?

When using WordPress, you need to be cautious when it comes to keeping the site safe. WordPress isn’t more or less secure than any other website platform, but the number of plugins, users, and third-party add-ons can lead to more of a chance of hackers making their way in. Be sure you take some simple steps in keeping your WordPress site safe!

Username

Making your username something unique and hard to guess can help keep hackers away. Avoid using “admin” or anything of that nature.

Complex Password

Having a long password with the right mix of uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers will make it harder to guess. Even using a password generator can be smart for a site like WordPress to ensure it is random enough. Try to make it as long as 20 characters. 

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication can help protect your site. Using two-factor authentication will send you a code to confirm you’re you. Two plugins that are popular to use for two-factor authentication are Rublon and Google Authenticator. 

Least Privileged Principles

You should only give permissions to those who need it, when they need it, and only for the time they need it. If someone needs temporary access as an administrator for a configuration change, grant it to them but remove it immediately when they are done. Not every user accessing your WordPress instance needs to be under the administrator role. Assign people to the appropriate positions, and you’ll reduce your security risk.

Hide Your Login and Limit Login Attempts

Changing the default login URL from /wp-admin/ to something else can help keep your site more secure. The All in One WP Security & Firewall plugin can change it. You can also set a limit on how many times someone tries to log in from a certain IP address. There is a multitude of plugins for this. 

Disabling File Editing

If a hacker ends up getting in, the easiest way for them to change and edit your files would be to go to “Appearance > Editor” in WordPress. To enhance your WordPress security, you could disable the ability to edit these files via that editor. You will still be able to edit your templates via an (S)FTP application. You just won’t be able to do it on WordPress.

Staying Up-To-Date

Staying up-to-date on best practices as a website owner is the best way to keep your site safe and secure from any threats. Websites are complex and everchanging when it comes to plugins and other components. Updating plugins regularly and checking for anything odd on your WordPress backend is important. 

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