Best Practices for WordPress Security
Establishing an online presence should be done in conjunction with security, and when WordPress is a content management system (CMS), safety should become a priority. WordPress is considered a safe CMS option, although it has some flaws due to its open-source nature, so users must know how to overcome those shortcomings.
Protect your login process
The most basic procedure for protecting your website is to protect your account from malicious login attempts. To do this, follow these steps –
1. Use a strong password:
Ensure that all users with an account on the WordPress back-end use strong passwords to log in. We recommend using one of the recommended password managers to generate and track strong passwords.
2. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA):
With two-factor authentication (2FA), the user must confirm their login on a second device. It's one of the easiest and most efficient ways to keep your login safe.
3. Do not enter the account username as "admin":
This could be the first username an attacker would log in to during a brute-force login attempt. Instead, if you have already created it, use that name and create a new administrator account with a different user name.
4. Limit login attempts:
Prevent hackers from a forced login by limiting the number of false entries a user makes at a particular time. Some WordPress hosting services and firewalls may do this, but you can also install plugins limiting job login attempts.
5. Add a captcha:
This security feature is present on several websites, which ensures that you are a real person; it offers an extra degree of protection to your login. Plugins are being used to add captures to your website. Best WebSoft's reCaptcha is recommended-see as the guide on enabling Google reCaptcha in WordPress.
6. Enable automatic logout:
You must remember to log out of the WordPress account each time you exit the site. However, you can also use automatic logout to prevent strangers from snooping on your account if you forget to sign out. Use the inactive logout plugin to enable automatic login for your WordPress account.
Other Ways to Secure your Website
1. Use a secure WordPress web hosting service:
There are many factors to consider when choosing a service to host, but security should be at the top of the list. Consider a service that protects your information and takes steps to recover from an attack quickly.
2. Make sure your WordPress version is up to date:
Hackers frequently target older versions of WordPress software. Therefore, check for WordPress updates regularly and install them as soon as possible to fix the vulnerabilities in the older versions.
3. Update to the latest PHP version:
One of the most critical things you can do to keep your WordPress website safe is to upgrade to the newest PHP version. WordPress will notify you when your upgrade is ready. Then you'll be prompted to go into your hosting account and install the most recent PHP version. You may also contact your site developer to update your hosting account if you do not have access to it.
4. Add one or more security plugins to your browser:
Installing one or more reputable security plugins on your website is strongly recommended. These plugins handle several tedious but vital security tasks, such as scanning your website for infiltration attempts, altering source files that might make your site vulnerable, and preventing content theft, such as hotlinking. Some popular plugins cover almost everything on this list.