4 Ways To Protect your WordPress Website from Hackers

How to protect your WordPress Website from Hackers

There are many webmasters who nag about the security vulnerability of WordPress.

But as a matter of fact, every open source software is often prone to brute force attacks.

Okay, that’s partially true, but still, it does not mean you have to blame WordPress for any kind of security issue.

Wondering why?

Well, most of the time, it’s usually the webmasters’ fault that their websites get hacked. It’s often your responsibility to put extra effort into preventing these attacks and saving the website from hacking.

The real question here is, “What are you doing to prevent the security vulnerability of your WordPress website?”

I know a majority of webmasters don’t do anything except for integrating a security plugin that claims to protect your website from every kind of security threat especially if you are a newbie. Well, I am not blaming you because, trust me, I have also been there, and it takes time and experience to learn new things.

So, I thought I should share what I have learned as a WordPress webmaster and prevent you from making the same mistakes I once made.

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4 ways to protect your WordPress Website from Hackers 

1. Lockdown your WordPress login

A lockdown feature enables you to limit the login attempts for your WordPress wp-admin. Since wp-admin is the primary target of many hackers who want to gain access to your website, it is always a good idea to lock it down for failed login attempts.

So, whenever there are a number of hacking attempts with repetitive wrong passwords, the website gets locked for that particular IP address with a notification sent to the webmaster of this unauthorized activity.

iThemes Security is one of the most popular security plugins to help you lock down your WordPress login. You can enter the number of failed login attempts, after which it locks down the wp-admin for the attacker’s IP address.

There are many other security plugins you can install on your blog to help you block hackers.In fact, it is essential to have one security plugin installed and customised.

2. Use 2-factor authentication

Another way to protect your WordPress website from hackers is 2-factor authentication, which has gained a lot of popularity among webmasters, and it is yet another great way to limit access to the login page.

In 2-factor authentication, you provide login details for two elements. You can decide on those two elements according to your requirements. You can set a regular password followed by a set of characters, a secret code or a question, etc.

If you plan to use a secret code for your 2-two-factor authentication, you can use the WP Google Authenticator plugin to create secret codes every time you log in.

3. Use SSL to encrypt data

Using an SSL certificate to secure your website is an excellent way. It ensures encrypted data transfer between the server and the user browser and drastically improves your website’s rankings on the search engines, driving more traffic.

You can contact your hosting provider to get a secure SSL connection or consult any reliable company offering the required services.

4. Disable Hotlinking

It is a common practice which leads to hacking. In this method, sites link to your images on the site to reduce the load on their website while increasing your server load. It is usually difficult to track. In fact, a majority of webmasters don’t even realize their server is being used deliberately by other websites.

Therefore, it is always a great idea to permanently disable hotlinking by adding a code snippet to your .htaccess file. Here is the code you have to add to your .htaccess file.

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?sparringmind.com [NC]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?google.com [NC]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?feeds2.feedburner.com/sparringmind [NC]

RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ – [NC,F,L]

Conclusion

WordPress is a profound and robust platform that can help you create secure websites, provided you take responsibility for looking after your website and do whatever it takes to improve its security.

The points above have been proven to help me, and I’m pretty sure they will help you tighten your website’s security.

If you have questions about protecting your website from hackers, kindly let me know through your comments.

It is very crucial as a blog owner to take the security of your site seriously. I have experienced issues with hacking blogs before, and it is a lot of work if your site is hit with malware.

Jason is an expert WordPress developer working for a leading WordPress development company, WordSuccor Ltd., and is an expert in converting HTML to WordPress themes. He always tries to share his intangible knowledge with others on the web.

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