In this section, we will look at some basic steps to keep your WordPress Website/Blog/Online Store safe.
1. Avoid Nulled Themes
Nulled theme basically means cracked/hacked themes. The distributors of such themes often hide popups/ads inside to earn money, without your knowledge. They can include compromised or malicious code. WordPress themes are generally safe when kept up-to-date. It is, therefore, best to use premium themes that are developed by trusted vendors (such as ThemeForest, ThemeGrill, etc.)
2. Install a WordPress Security Plugin
It’s a time-consuming work to regularly check your website security for malware and unless you regularly update your knowledge of coding practices you may not even realize you’re looking at a piece of malware written into the code. Luckily other’s have realized that not everyone is a developer and have put out WordPress security plugins to help. A security plugin takes care your site security, scans for malware and monitors your site 24/7 to regularly check what is happening on your site. We recommend you install a free security plugin such as Wordfence (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/) or Ninja Firewall (https://nintechnet.com/ninjafirewall/wp-edition/).
3. Themes/Plugins Update
Ensure all Wordpress/Software/Themes/Plugins are updated on a regular basis. Theme and plugins developers release updates to mostly serve as security patches to previously identified errors or loopholes. It is advisable to regularly update your themes and plugins in order to benefit from the new security features included in those updated versions.
4. Use Strong Passwords
Passwords are a very important part of website security but most people, unfortunately, seem to overlook this. If you are using a simple password combination like date of birth, phone numbers, abc123, password’, we recommend you change them now. While those simple password may be easy to remember it is also extremely easy to guess.
5. Limit Login Attempts
WordPress by default allows all users to try entering their login credentials as many times as they want, especially if a user has forgotten their login details. While this may help if you frequently forget what letters are capital, it also opens you to brute force attacks. By limiting the number of login attempts, users can try a limited number of times until they are temporarily blocked. This limits a hacker's chance of a brute force attempt as the hacker gets locked out before they can finish their attack.
Here at Intek Multimedia Cloud Hosting, all our cPanel Accounts are provisioned with a free and most secure plugin called Loginizer, which helps you fight against brute-force attacks by blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed.