There are 70 million people who use WordPress now, so the security issues related to the site are only going up and up. As a result, it’s important to take steps to prevent your site from being hacked since WordPress sites are increasingly becoming a target. Here are a few ways to make your site more secure.

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Security Plug-ins

One of the best ways to keep your site secure is with the use of secure plug-ins. An example of a plug-in that can help with security is Login LockDown. This plugin can record IP addresses from people who visit your site. This means that it will record it every time that particular IP address attempts to gain access. So, if someone is trying a brute force method to break into your WordPress site, the plugin will record this as well.

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The plugin can then lockdown that IP and block them from trying to login again after a certain number of attempts. This plugin can be invaluable in preventing people from getting access to your account merely by guessing every possible password combination. Another security plug-in that can help is WP Security Scan.  This plug-in is more proactive rather than responsive like the LockDown one. It scans your WordPress installation for any potential problems or vulnerabilities and then immediately suggests solutions that help you keep the vulnerability from being exploited.

Update

Another approach people often forget when running their site is to keep updating. If you update your install when new updates are available you will often get the benefit of the most cutting edge fixes for problems including potential security issues.  It’s often true that it’s much easier to simply benefit from a security patch then it is to attempt to fix each individual security problem yourself, after all.

Strong Passwords

Good password policies are essential to maintaining WordPress security. It’s a good idea to make your passwords at least 15 characters long each. It’s also a good idea to keep your passwords from having any real words inside of them. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your password contains both upper case and lower case letters, as well as numbers and special characters like an asterisk or question mark. It’s also important to never write down your password.

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If you have it in your wallet, for example, anyone who steals your wallet will then have access to all of your WordPress accounts with passwords that you have stored there. You can also use password managers to come up with truly long and difficult passwords that you don’t have to remember. All you have to do is remember the master password instead. An example of this is Last Word.

Change Your WordPress Login

It’s a good idea to change the username given as a default admin name when you first get your account set up. The automated attacks that are likely to occur against your account will use default names like “manager” and “admin” for your login. If you change this to something else, then you’ll make a brute force attack that much harder to pull off.

Overall, security should be one of your primary concerns when you are looking up how to make your own website. The site won’t do you much good if it’s constantly under attack or if you end up losing control of it and wasting a lot of time trying to get it back. Fortunately, these plugins and strategies will go a long way to making sure that this doesn’t happen and you remain secure.

About Author – This is a post by Dan McCarthy. Dan is a freelance writer and an occasional guest blogger interested in business, marketing and technology related topics.