For safety purposes, it is highly essential that you keep certain security checks and take some measures to maintain the safety and security of your WordPress blog or website. Having your site hacked or used for unethical purposes can be very dangerous for you and your work. These days many people are getting involved in unfair means and using technology in a wrong way that causes many WordPress website developers to lose their work and their followers too.
Before starting to make your website it is recommended that you should keep in mind some safety measures that will ensure the privacy of your and your visitors’ data too. Following are some of the ways that you can follow to make your WordPress blog more secure and safe and to make your followers content:
Use Secure Hosting
The initial step to making your WordPress blog safe is by using a secure hosting system so that all your data can be kept private. Not all web hosting providers are providing a secure system and connection. It’s the first step for a WordPress website developer to get a hosting provider who is offering you the safest hosting in order to avoid any hacking of your WordPress blog.
To get the secure hosting provider don’t settle for the one who is providing you with the cheapest hosting system. Usually the cheaper the hosting system you get the more chances are there that you will end up with lots of problems and privacy issues. Before choosing your provider do thorough research that which hosting providers are secure and reliable that can help you to make your data and your visitor’s info secure. It’s better to pay a little extra money and to save yourself and your work along with your audience.
Update All the things
It is highly essential for WordPress bloggers and website developers to keep their WordPress website up to date. For safety reasons try to use the latest versions of plugins and latest tools that are more popular and safe.
By updating all things it means that the WordPress bloggers and website developers should be aware of several technological changes that are taking place day by day. Keep your blog and website updated with the latest version of fixes and tools and WordPress plugins to avoid any vulnerability.
If you keep using old versions of WordPress many different types of hackers will attack your WordPress website since they will be much aware of the security issues with old versions and how to get access to your work. Thus updating your WordPress will save you from many troubles.
You don’t only have to update your version of WordPress but also need to update your systems, tools, fixes including themes, plug-ins, and other important tools to keep you on a safer side.
Keep A Backup
It is always useful and recommended to have a backup of your WordPress blog. In case you are being attacked by any hacker, if you have your backup you can easily restore all your data, your work, and your used tools and systems.
It is preferred to do a weekly backup of your files and data in order to prevent losing any recent and important work. You never know when you can be attacked by hackers so always for the safe side keep your records, files, and data updated on weekly basis or if necessary do it on daily basis.
Before it’s too late to recover your data and lose all your database, work, followers make sure you store it in a safe and secure system so that the backup cannot be hacked or stolen.
Avoid Free themes
Many new WordPress bloggers and website developers get attracted to free themes and tools and end up getting their systems and files hacked. To make your WordPress secure and safe avoid using the themes that are available for free because usually, these free themes contain severe viruses that can make your WordPress slow, can make it difficult for you to update your data, and can also get access to your readers to profile which can evade privacy and can make your reputation go down.
Thus avoiding free themes will keep you away from all of these troubles. Even if you get free themes first check the reliability and validity of the providers, if they are reputable then go for it else you will end up with a poor WordPress blog with lots of problems in the longer run.
Limit Login Attempts
If you are having certain followers or visitors to your WordPress website that are continuously attempting to sign in and are getting failed login attempts sometimes it’s a red signal that your website data might get hacked.
In case of this, what can be done is to limit the number of login attempts from the same IP address that will help you to safeguard your WordPress blog from hackers or people who want to evade your privacy and your user’s privacy too. By allowing how many attempts a single person from one IP can address can make will help you analyze who might be hacking your data or trying to get access.
Limiting login attempts is one of the ways to ensure privacy and to keep your data far away from the reach of hackers.
Use Security Plug-ins
One of the other ways to get your WordPress blog secure is to use plug-ins that are safe and are not free. Sometimes free plug-ins unlike free themes will make your WordPress blog or website work slow and can also lead to loss of data. It is highly recommended that you use plug-ins that are fast, easy to use, reliable, and are valid. Sometimes the providers of the plug-ins do not have updated version of plug-ins thus creating problems for website developers and bloggers as through those plug-ins hackers can get access to your private data and other stuff.
Using plug-ins that are provided by reliable providers will help you to make your WordPress blog safe, fast, and up to date. Also with the secure plug-ins, it is also necessary to use the most latest versions of the plug-ins that are being used in the WordPress blog to avoid any system problems and your users and followers can easily access your work through any device.
Creating A unique password
Another major thing to consider is that when you create a WordPress website make sure that you use a password that is unique in nature and that cannot be easily tracked by hackers. Creating a unique password will help you to make your WordPress data free from hackers and other problems like copying of your work etc. A password should be a mixture of both uppercase and lowercase letters along with the numbers since the more difficult the password is the lesser the chances are to get your WordPress blog attacked by hackers.
Using numbers should be taken extra care while creating a password. Avoid using simple number patterns like 123, 789, etc. that are too easily predictable and will make your WordPress blog or website get hacked. Instead of simple patterns try using difficult combinations of numbers to make the password stronger and difficult.
Another major thing to consider is to avoid using a short password; a password that consists of 5 characters is too short and can be easily tracked. Instead, try to create a longer password that generally contains 8-10 characters or more but doesn’t make it so long that it creates a problem for you to remember it.
Also do not use birthdays or names in your password. Many novice WordPress bloggers and website developers do this kind of mistake and end up with lots of problems that make their WordPress blog weaker and vulnerable to hackers.
Protect your WordPress Admin Access
Whenever you install WordPress for your website make sure to change the name of the default admin. By doing so, it will help you to provide the control wholly to you and thus will help you to be on the safe side from the attacks of hackers.
Protecting your WordPress admin access will help you to disguise the hackers as changing the default username and using strict privacy will enable you to keep your data, systems, tools, and other files secure and also your audience’s privacy too.
Monitor your Malware
Malware is another big problem when it comes to WordPress blogs and websites. Many new WordPress developers don’t focus on malware and then face many problems including loss of data. It is highly recommended that you keep a check on malware and other viruses that can cause a threat to you, your work, and your readers. Monitoring your malware should be done on regular basis or to be specific every minute. The technology works at such speed that continuous monitoring is required to be safe and to prevent your data to get hacked.
For monitoring Malwares, keep a structured system or use such methods that can easily recognize certain malwares into different parts of your WordPress blog’s or website’s systems. To make it simple, you can go for some paid malware detection software that can make your work easier. Again before purchasing any malware detecting software first check that the method the software will be using is up to date and whether it will work with your website. Also, check whether the company or website that is providing the software is credible or not.
Clean your Site Like you Clean your Kitchen
Have you ever imagined that cleaning your WordPress website will be like cleaning your kitchen? Unlike the kitchen, the WordPress blog has certain things that need to be cleaned out to avoid problems like slow systems, crashing of the data, traffic of the people and slow accessibility to data, and many more.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that WordPress developers should maintain their site and make sure that they have enough space that can make the workflow smooth and avoid any trouble to them and to their audience.
If you have any old themes, plug-ins, and other tools that have become obsolete and cannot be updated it is better to remove them from your site to avoid any attacks of hackers and also to make your user experience better with up to date tools.
Making your files and data structured and deleting the files that are no longer required will provide you more space to work and you can add new data to attract traffic to your WordPress blog and also to get your site secured from reach of the hackers.
Control Sensitive Information
While cleaning your site and making changes to your WordPress blog, make sure you don’t reveal any private and sensitive information to your WordPress blog that can cause trouble to you.
Sensitive files and information regarding what version of WordPress you are using, what is the type of your database files, and what tools and fixes are you using should be kept confidential and make sure you keep all this data in a secure format to avoid any problems.