WordPress is the most popular online publishing platform for websites. However, it is still prone to security attacks. If proper security measures are not taken, your website may become prey to hackers and all sorts of malicious attacks.
Before you begin to secure your WordPress website, figure out the most sensitive data. This is the data you will need to copy-paste into a separate folder and link it in a way that it’s hidden from other moderators.
Let’s start with the basic steps for a more secure WordPress website.
1. A strong login combination
Having a strong password may sound basic. But many people still don’t take it seriously. Using a combination of different characters is a common tip for a secure password.
The password you set must not be similar to the passwords you use for other websites. If possible, create an entirely new e-mail address too. Keep this e-mail only for the purpose of administrating your WordPress website.
Also, don’t use “admin” as your login. If you do, your hackers are already halfway there.
2. Enable multi-factor authentication
3. Add security plugins for your WordPress website
4. Remove plugins that are not in use and conduct regular website scans
5. Use an SSL Certificate (https)
HTTPS stands for hypertext transfer protocol secure. By installing an SSL certification, your browser will be able to connect with the website with full security enforced.
This is because SSL certification allows data to be sent and received in encrypted form. SSL makes it hard for hackers to get through to your website.
It prevents sensitive information like passwords from being exposed in plain text while there are being transferred to and from the website.