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How to Protect Your WordPress Website From Hackers

You’re probably stumbled across this post because your WordPress website has been hacked, or you want to protect it from being hacked in the future. Either way, we’re here to help you and this post should help you avoid unnecessary headaches in the future from these types of malicious individuals. That being said, let’s dive right in and start discussing the necessary steps you need to take to fortify your WordPress website.

Create a Unique Username and Password

This is the most obvious, but most overlooked tip of all. In fact, this is one of the very first things you get asked to do when creating a new WordPress website. Your username doesn’t matter as much as your password, but it’s still best to try and come up with something that is unique for both. In case you are worried about your username looking wierd on your pages or posts, then remember, you can always change how your name will be displayed to your users by going to Users and then clicking on Your Profile on the WordPress dashboard.

Keep Your Themes and Plugins Up to Date

One of the most common ways WordPress websites get hacked is via an exploit in an outdated plugin or theme. If you have owned a WordPress site for very long or have ever noticed that WordPress may frequently tell you to update your plugins and or themes, well, this is exactly why. This is one of the easiest things you do to try and protect yourself from being an easy target.

Get Website Security

Purchasing professional website security or installing a world class plugin such as WordFence can help decrease the odds of your website being hacked even further. Most professional website security plans come with a web application firewall that can be configured to prevent injections before they even start, not to mention that in some instances you’ll even be able to block specific IP addresses from accessing your website altogether. This type of security can come in handy quite often, so make sure you don’t overlook the value here.

Make sure you monitor your web traffic and any login attempts on your WordPress login page so that you can deal with the problem as quickly as possible. Different scripts and algorithms can attempt to brute force your website credentials several times a day and it could mean big trouble for you if they are successful at breaking in.

Delete Inactive FTP Accounts

Another way hackers can break into your WordPress site is through active or inactive FTP accounts. So, the best advice we can give here is to make sure you delete any FTP accounts you no longer use and remember to create strong usernames and passwords to make it harder to break in. It is also worth mentioning that if you have something like file manager installed on your WordPress site, then delete it as soon as you don’t need it because if a hacker happens to gain admin access, then he or she could delete your entire website with just a click of a button.

Have any handy WordPress security tips you want to share? e-mail us and let us know and we’ll be happy to add them to the post!

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