Securing your site is very important. All the hard work you have done on your site will vanish in a second if you have not secured your site. Not to forget, the data about the site users are also precious.
They trusted you and your site with their data so, and it is your responsibility to protect it.
For example, if you have a mailbox for the users to sign up, they get notified through email whenever a new post comes to the site.
So, it is your responsibility that their mail does not leak on the internet.
With WordPress, there are many security breaches through which your site can be hacked. So, here are some tips in order to protect your site.
Protection From Brute Force Attack:
In many WordPress sites, when you see the author of the post, then you will find out that it is by default “admin.”
Also, when you set up your WordPress site for the first time, the username is by default “admin” many times, the username and the author name of the post are the same.
So, the attacker knows about your username now. He/she has to use the brute force method by trying every set of the password he/she has until it gets successfully hacked.
The best way to protect from this kind of attack is to set a unique password yourself, not put a randomly generated password. Because there is a list of these kinds of things, also do not forget to change your default username “admin” to a good or uncommon username.
You can also limit the login attempt on your site by using a free WordPress plugin called Wordfence Security.
Prevent DDOS Attack:
For those of you who do not know what a DDOS attack is, it means any site will be flooded with a huge amount of bot traffic.
These bots are real computers that are already in control of the attacker, and then a massive amount of bot traffic will be sent to traffic to bring it down or slow the site speed. This traffic can even lead to the permanent suspension of an AdSense account.
The best freeway of protection from DDOS attacks is linking your site with Cloudflare. Under their free plan, you can easily link your site and get free protection and an SSL certificate for your site.
In order to link Cloudflare with your site, you have to change the nameservers of your domain with the nameservers of Cloudflare. You can also manage multiple domains from one single Cloudflare account.
Change Login Page:
Like the by default admin username of many WordPress sites, many sites’ by default login page is similar. If anyone types the Sitename/login, it will redirect it to the login page. It would be best if you changed this URL to gain more security. You can use the Wordfence Security plugin to change the login page.
Keep Updating Plugins and Themes:
WordPress is an open-source website where anyone can develop plugins and themes. Usually, the developers of different plugins never talk to each other. So, many issues come while using different types of plugins.
These kinds of issues also lead to a hacking attacks on websites. However, luckily developers understand the bugs and glitches on their product and keep pushing updates.
It is better to keep updating website plugins and themes. At least check for updates every 15 days. So the site will be protected from new levels of threads.
Not Using Nulled Themes and Plugins:
Some themes and plugins are modded just for hacking purposes. There are many premium plugins and themes which developers null. Moreover, many people download these themes and plugins and use them on their websites. They do not know what bugs the developers have putten in the plugin. So, it is better not to use it.
Buying Hosting From Trusted Sites:
It is the most critical point in this whole article. If your site is not a good hosting provider, all the steps mentioned above are useless. Many hacking attempts are made on many hosting providers.
These kinds of hacking attempts are prevalent. So, before buying hosting from any site, you have to research that site’s security, how many hacking attempts have been made to the site and how the site handles the hackers.
Is any site’s data lost in the hacking attempt or not. If you do not get enough data about this, you should not purchase hosting from that site.
As per the growing technology, many people use this for destructive purposes like hacking.
So, to protect the site from them, you should also keep updating along with the technology and keep updating your site.