Hackers are very interested in your website or app. There are many ways for a hacker to access a website or application. They can go through a back door, they can mix up with the crowd, or they can use a password-scanning service.
Of these methods, mixing up with the crowd is by far the easiest and most reliable way to secure your site. By doing this, you have already added security to your hands!
Mixing up passwords is by far the most effective way to secure your site. A good rule of thumb is to never use the same password on different accounts, even if it is just one account that you use frequently.
Use a security plugin
You can also use a security plugin on your web browser. Most major browsers have a security feature that helps protect your site from cybercriminals. You can opt to have this installed and activated at first use, or you can add it later if you need it.
When a cybercriminal gains access to your site via an exploit, they may use the plugin to connect to your server. The malicious plugin then checks your content for authenticity and adds comments and images automatically, making it look like your site is operated by someone with a human presence.
Cybercriminals then utilize the plugin on other sites they control to create fake web personas and attract unsuspecting victims! By using a security plugin, you help prevent attacks such as these.
Harden your WordPress login
Your site is worth more if it can be accessed only by someone who knows the password. This includes both your site’s administrators as well as users with permissions needed to access your content.
That means you should never leave your password exposed on your blog or website. Even if you set up two-step authentication or a security circle, you should never underestimate the power of humans to get around that.
It also means that you should make it hard for people to guess your password. If you have to change it every month or so, then it should be difficult to remember.
Use a two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is a security method that requires you to also provide a second set of credentials to access your site.
This can be a password, sent via email or text, or an app such as Google Authenticator.
Two-factor authentication works by creating two different accounts on your account, one that you give permission to login with, and another that receives the notification but cannot start the session until they confirm it.
This second set of accounts can be good or bad depending on what you want them for. For example, if your site has administrative access need-bids ands givens, then having two separate accounts will help protect against administrator hacking.
Only use trusted plugins
even though there are many security tools available for your computer, you should only use them if your site is not hacked. Most of the security plugins are designed to be installed by web administrators, so they can add it to their sites.
Many of them add unnecessary steps and restrictions which are not needed and may even harm your site. For instance, two commonly used security plugins is WP Security and WP super cache.
WordPress supercache does nothing but slow down your site, making it vulnerable to a DNS hack or ISP-level blocking. WP security does not seem to work correctly on some browsers such as Edge, making you vulnerable to bypasses.
Keep only the essential content on your site
When it comes to securing your website, you should only keep the essential content. This includes texts, images, videos, and other content that your visitors need to see.
A hacker would not waste their time trying to get information that is not necessary. Therefore, they would not launch an attack!
It is important to keep some of the content on your site because a hacker can look at some of the material he or she needs to secure their site. A user may submit a comment or message, which they might intend to send as an email but instead be posted as text or image on the website.
A hacker would need a very precise set of skills and materials to breach someone’s site with.
Update your themes
If your site is not already registered with a theme, you can add one to your list. When someone walks into your site and downloads a template or page, they can use it on any computer that has the same theme installed.
This makes it more difficult for someone to hack your site as they would have to update the template each time to use it! By having many differentThemeas you can add new ones as needed, this helps spread out the impact of a hack.
There are many free and paid themes available, so if you are looking for some inspiration, you can pick one that matches your style.
Remove unused themes and plugins
When developing a website, you should always de-compress unused themes and plugins. This means going through your download folder and removing all but the most necessary plugins and themes.
This reduces your risk of being hacked while building your site. It also helps to keep track of which plugins and themes you use, as they can easily be installed again if needed.
De-compression is critical when it comes to securing your site. There are many ways to secure your site, but by removing unnecessary components at design time, you will save some time in the long run.
Bullet point stress: Whenver possible, try to use WordPress built in security features such as preventing password reset links on login or deleting user accounts using the WP Dashboard.
Monitor activity using a security service
Many security services monitor the activity on your site using your cookies and/or web data sent to the server. This reduces the chance of a hacker getting your site by sending data to the server!
You can also choose a less secure service, but more expensive one. There are many alternatives to vendor-controlled security solutions. Most companies offer free support, so you can see if they are successful at keeping your site safe.
Most cost-effective solutions will not require you to install anything extra, just know that it may make a difference in price when you compare them. Some may even come standard on most new computers!
Bullet point stress: security services often rely on you reporting vulnerabilities in their software.