securing wordpress

Securing Your WordPress Site the Right Way

Many owners of websites complain about the process of securing your WordPress Site in the right way. They think that its security is so low that it is always vulnerable to hacking. 

Everyone who uses WordPress knows that the backend of the website can be accessed through the login page URL, and that’s why people or bots try to force themselves in. At the end of your domain URL, you just add /wp-admin/ or /wp-login.php/ and then you can use the backdoor of the site.

It is advisable to customize your page interface and login page URL first for securing your site.

It is also the responsibility of the owner of the security of their domain.

Here are some methods in securing your WordPress site the right way:

1. Create user ban and site total lockdown system

Just like in mobile phones, after specific failed login attempts, the mobile phone system lockdown feature activates. It defends the continuous forceful attempts to get in.

You can create a total lockdown features when someone is forcefully breaking into your site. And when the lockdown system activates, you can add a feature that will notify you that your site has activated the system.

There are about 30 plug-ins that are available on WordPress that do these kinds of functions. You can set how many failed attempts required to activate this security protocol. Or depending on what you want, you can also ban users who are trying to hack your site by blocking the IP address of the attacker.

2. Two-Factor Authentication

The 2FA or otherwise known as the two-factor authentication security module on the log-in page is also one of the methods for your WordPress overall security. This type of system provides two log-in details in two separate elements. It depends on the site owner what those two are. It can be log-in details, followed by a secret password, a code or a group of characters. And, one of the best ways is to use Google Authentication Application, which the system sends codes to a phone and only that owner of the phone can log into your site.

3. Use your email address

The standard way to log-in to WordPress is to enter your email address. Using a system that requires Email ID is more secure than creating username accounts. Also, WordPress requires a unique email address for you to create your account in WordPress which makes you a legit user of WordPress.

4. Changing the login URL

It is very easy to change your login URL. Hackers can use forceful methods to get into your site if they know the direct login URL of your website. They also use GWDb to attempt into breaking into your site.

If you can restrict the failed attempts and change username log-in method into Email IDs, we can now defend your site more.

Only a person who knew the exact URL can restrict an unauthorized person to access your login page.

There are also available plugins in WordPress to help you set up this method.

5. Change passwords regularly

Regular changing of passwords is also one of the best methods to defend your website from an unknown entity. Play around with your passwords and create passwords with upper and lower case, or passwords with numbers and characters as it will help strengthen your password. Many people love to create long passwords because they are harder to predict and guess than a mix of letters and numbers.

6. Kick idle users out of your site

If you see a user logged in into your site for a certain amount of time and doing nothing, kick them out. A passerby can alter and change the information in your site or can sabotage your site if users leave a wp-admin panel of your site open on their screen.

8. Protect your WP-admin jurisdiction

The main core of any WordPress site is its wp-admin territory. This is the main part you don’t want to be breached. Once breached, your site is compromised.

One way to protect this territory is to create a password for this area. Once applied, the system will require two passwords for the owner to enter. One will be for the login page and the other would be for your WordPress Admin territory.

If you’re a beginner, it may be hard to understand all of this, but remember, there are more methods you learn and apply, the stronger your security against hackers.

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Dr. Marie Gabrielle Bedia