Here is the summary of best practices for securing and protecting a WordPress site.It is mandatory to say these measures will not secure 100%. But it is obvious to say they will protect you against majority of attacks. WordPress is the most popular website creation tool on the Internet which is widely used by the customers worldwide.
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Set up website lockdown and ban users
A lockdown feature for failed login attempts can solve a huge problem, I.e. no more continuous wrong password attempts. Whenever there is hit and trial method approach used with repetitive wrong passwords, the site gets locked, and you get notified of this unauthorized activity.
Use 2-factor authentication
In 2-factor authentication at the login page is another good security measure.
In this case, the user provides login details for two different components. The website owner decides what those two are. It can be a regular password followed by a secret question, secret code, a set of characters, etc.
Use email as login
You have to input your username to log in. Try to use email ID instead of a username, email ID is more secure.In fact username are easy to guess, while email Ids are not. Also, any WordPress user account is always created with a unique email address, making it a valid identifier for logging in.
Rename your login URL
To change the login URL is an easy thing to do. By default, the the WordPress login page can be accessed easily via wp-admin added to the site’s main URL. When hackers know the direct URL of your login page, they can try with their guess work database I.e. a database of guessed username and passwords.
We have already restricted the user login attempts and swapped usernames sor email IDs.
Only someone with the exact URL can do it. Again, the iThemes Security plugin can help you change your login URLs.
Adjust your password
Try to change the website’s password regularly. Improve their strength by adding uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
Protect the wp-admin directory
One possible way to prevent this is to password-protect the wp-admin directory.
With such security measure, the website owner may access the dashboard by submitting two passwords. One protects the login page, and the other WordPress admin area. If the website users are required to get access to some particular parts of the wp-admin, you may unblock those parts while locking the rest.
Use SSL to encrypt data
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate is one smart move to secure the admin panel. SSL ensures secure data transfer between user browser and the server, making it difficult for hackers to violate the connection or spoof your info.
Back up your site regularly
If you have a backup, you can always restore your WordPress website to a working state any time you want.
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