Are you confident in your current WordPress Security tactics? Due to the popularity of this powerful platform, countless malicious attacks are directed specifically to leverage weaknesses in its framework. While your web hosting provider and WordPress theme may feature unique security barriers, there’s no such thing as a 100% secure site for 100% of the time.
Therefore, one of the most important steps any WordPress site owner must consistently adjust is their security tactics. Even if you aren’t well-versed in cybersecurity tactics, safeguarding your site from hackers and thieves isn’t as complex as you may think. In fact, some of the most powerful security measures for 2018 can be carried out with any previous cybersecurity technique experience.
If you’re searching for an easy and powerful way to keep your site safe and secure, then follow these quick and simple WordPress security tips in 2018. Afterwards, you can rest easier knowing your website is protected.
Tip #1 | WordPress Username
Avoid using the standard “admin” or your email address as your administrator login credential. This may seem like a no-brainer tip, but you’d be surprised how many WordPress sites do not set this baseline security barrier. Use a unique and strong username that’s just as unique as your password.
Tip #2 | Custom Login URL
Keep your login site hidden from view by changing its URL. Your WordPress login URL and relative information is stored in the wp-login.php file, which is incredibly easy for hackers to located and intercept. Customize your login URL by:
• Installing a security plugin, such as iTheme Security Plugin, which automatically alters URL logins.
• Adjust your wp-login.php information by adding: my_custom_login or hiring a WordPress developer perform this action for you.
Tip #3 | Upgrade Server Security to HTTPS
Think the only sites that require encryption are eCommerce and financial industry platforms? Think again! Encryption not only protects your visitors from malicious attacks, but also your entire WordPress site. In fact, the role of encryption is more important than ever. Google recently announced a major algorithm shift in 2018 will enhance the importance of HTTPS encryption.
While many web hosts offer this level of security within a standard hosting package, if not, inquire with your host about purchasing an HTTPS encryption certificate.
Tip #4 | Refine Plugins for Security
Just because you installed a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. While plugins power even the most dynamic websites, there are several security tips you must follow. When it comes to managing your site’s plugins, perform the following:
- Delete any old and unused plugins from within the Plugin Directory
- Be vigilant when it comes to updating plugins. Make sure the plugins either automatically update or check for updates whenever you access your WordPress dashboard. You can automatically update plugins by adding: add_filter(‘auto_update_plugin’,’_return_true’) in your wp-config.php file.
- While tempting, never download a free version of a premium plugin. Even though this may make sense when trying to see if a plugin works for your site, this is a trick used by hackers to fool millions of WordPress owners into downloading their malicious software. When it doubt, leave it out.