One of the best decisions you ever made as an SME business owner was to invest in website. More importantly, you decided to use WordPress as your preferred Content Management System (CMS). However, every good action you take attracts some level of risks. That is the reason you need to take precautionary measures to safeguard your WordPress website.
The popularity of this CMS makes it vulnerable to hacking. The more people use WordPress the more the bad guys devise strategies to steal your data and bring your site down. I pity you if most of your business and communication with clients is done online and then the unthinkable happens! You will lose customers, business, profits and a livelihood.
From the onset let me make this clear: you cannot have a foolproof website! However, you can take some crucial measures to protect your site from most of the malicious attacks that will be leveled your way.
Here they are:
1. Update your plugins regularly
Ensure all your WordPress themes, plugins and website files are updated regularly. The internet contains up-to-date versions of plugins and you must download them and update your website at the slightest opportunity. Luckily, some of the updates are automatic.
2. Download your plugins and themes from reliable sites
Whenever you need themes and plugins you must download them from sites that are established and trusted as this will shield you from malicious damage. There are many famous platforms such as WooThemes, Mojo Themes and ThemeForest to name a few. Here you are likely to find stuff that has been tested and rated thus sparing you the agony of using unknown software.
3. Create a unique admin username
One of the main sources of insecurity for WordPress website is the use of the WordPress automatic username, “Admin”. Advances in WordPress now allow you to change from this default username to your preferred username. Hackers love it when they don’t have to guess usernames!
4. Create ‘solid’ passwords
Lazy website owners and managers have the easiest passwords. Some use consecutive numerals, their dates of birth, names of their wives and children and so on. Most of this information can be accessed easily by people with malicious intentions. Get out of this trap and create a unique but memorable password for your WordPress website.
5. Secure WordPress Admin Settings
WordPress allows you to change your settings such that only you (or people you trust) can access to admin settings where you can insert your username and passwords and modify content or settings. If you will use multiple computers to log into your account, get a technician to create pertinent links for you.
6. Install and regularly update a strong antivirus
Malware and virus are the most common strategies used by hackers to access your passwords and manipulate or steal data from your website. Invest in a powerful antivirus and install it in all computers that you use to access your WordPress website. More importantly, update the antivirus automatically.
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