You’ve probably read about the latest data breaches and don’t want to be the next victim.
That’s understandable. No one wants to be the target of an online assault.
There are many sites with WordPress hacks you should know. But how do you protect your WordPress site? It means the world to you and you don’t want to see it compromised.
Keep reading for 5 tips on how to secure your online shop from lowlifes, sneak-thieves, and internet scallywags.
1. Limit Login Attempts
The majority of people who try to hack your WordPress site are using bots. Nothing deters a bot more than a limit on your login attempts.
There are several plugins that can do this for you. You can set your attempts to any number you feel is adequate. These plugins will lock your site down after the set amount of password entries have been entered.
If you have issues remembering your password, write it down.
You keep getting hacked and you can’t figure out why. Let’s take a look at the possible reasons.
Does your password look like any of the following?
- Anything super obvious
Make your password long, as in more than 10 characters. Use a mix of numbers, letters, and random characters.
To secure your online shop, keep this password different than anything you use for banking or social media.
Unfortunately, the most popular passwords are still the most obvious. Don’t be this person. Building a strong password is the first step to keeping your site safe.
3. Secure Your Online Shop with Updates
One of the easiest ways to get hacked is by forgetting to update your WordPress site.
This includes themes, plugins, and WordPress itself. Outdated information is easier to hack than the most recent versions.
Many e-commerce sites update their accounts without you realizing it. You could be shopping for spoon pipes and the owners of the site could be updating and you’d never know the difference.
If this isn’t enough, there are several plugins available that enhance your security. They have features going above and beyond what the normal WordPress site has to offer.
4. Back That Thing Up
A breach is one way you can see all your hard work disappear in an instant.
Schedule regular back-ups so that your site, if it is hacked, can go back to regularly scheduled posting and updates.
5. Move Your Login Address
This may sound complicated, but it really isn’t. A login address is simply the URL for where you sign in to your WordPress site.
You can change this with a plugin to whatever address you desire. It doesn’t have to be joetheplumber/login.
In fact, that’s a terrible idea. Why do anything that would give potential hackers an exact location of where to sign into your account?
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