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August 18, 2015 - Cathy

Secure Your WordPress From Malware

We know that WordPress website is your brand, your store, or your first point of contact with your customers. If it isn’t safe and secure, you are compromising your relationship with your consumers, as well as your opportunities for growth and increased revenue. Malware threats on the Internet come in many forms, and they can even spell the temporary death of a website.

For example, an insecure website could be attacked in such a way that valuable customer credit card information is stolen. So not only does this cause your customers to lose their trust in you, it also likely means that the state will take action too.So, pay attention.

Here are a few simple steps you can take for securing Wordpress

Update WordPressStay updated – New versions of WordPress are rolled out quite often, and they contain solutions to previous problems. Get on them.

 

Strong WordPress PasswordUse strong passwords – Too many folk use simple, easy-to-remember passwords, such as “Johnny555” “wp security login” or simply “password0”. These are not secure. Instead, you should include uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as punctuation and some numbers. Make it look random and unreadable, and make a note of it so that you don’t forget it!

 

Trusted WordPress PluginsUse only trust plugins and themes – There are a lot of WordPress plugins and themes available, but did you know it is via the themes and plugins that hackers get onto your system? Some are not as reputable as others, so be careful with what you choose.

 

Backup WebsiteBackup your site – Once you save a copy of your site, it’s important to back it up. It’s also important that you store your updated copies in different places. Keeping your copies on your server or your email is only leaving them open to attack, as these are often the first places that a hacker will look.

 

Change Admin UsernameChange your default admin username – Many WordPress users don’t bother to change their username, and instead leave it as “admin”. This leaves your site incredibly vulnerable to attack from hackers. It’s time to be smart and change your username.

 

Change File PermissionsChange your file permissions – It’s important that you check your file permissions, because some are just too permissive. This basically means that anyone can access your important files. A sophisticated hacker will be on it in seconds.

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Best WordPress Security Plugins

As mentioned, there are some plugins that are safer than others. If you’re looking to err on the side of caution, let’s take a look at the 3 best WordPress security plugins you could be using:

icon11   WordFence

WordFence is one of the all-time most popular WordPress security plugins, with one of its admirable qualities being the fact that it is pretty much constantly checking for malware infection. It scans all your files, as well as your themes and plugins, and once it finds anything untoward it will immediately inform you. WordPress is like a very loyal lieutenant who won’t fail you.

icon-50x50   Bulletproof Security

With a name like “Bulletproof” you surely can’t go wrong. This is a popular WordPress security plugin that adds a firewall security, as well as a wp security login and database security. All you really need to do is add Bulletproof and then take it easy. Rest assure, it’s got you covered.

icon33   All In One WP Security And Firewall

This one squeezes into our top three by virtue of how easy to use it is. Just set it up and then relax. It’s all pretty handy when it comes to how it spots threats, too. It can protect against lockdown and brute force login attack and sends you an email if someone has been locked out due to too many failed login attempts.

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