By Robert Harmon
As Chief Intergalactic Technologist at Newton, I manage a large amount of websites. I know that in the Design and Marketing field, you don’t just want your website to look good, you also want it to be secure. That’s where I come in. Plainly put, security is my top priority. Website security can take your beautifully designed website to the next level.
In my work day, I manage a numerous number of WordPress web sites.
WordPress is quite popular and one of the frustrations I have to deal with is hackers. Unfortunately, there are those out there with ill intent to attack websites for the purpose of stealing something or using your web site in a malicious way. If they are able to access your website and retrieve the content they seek, you are left having a bad day.
Luckily, there are some ways to reduce your vulnerability to hackers, as well as
improving your website security.
To better secure your WordPress site, here are some suggestions:
- Never use “admin” as a username. The default username for WordPress is “admin” which makes it very easy for hackers to know what your username is.
- Always use strong passwords for all users. If it’s easy for you to remember, it’s easy for hackers to guess.
- Block brute force attacks. Hackers use automated software that runs non-stop to guess your password. A security plugin such as Limit Login Attempts can protect your website by blocking access to unauthorized users.
- Don’t give editor access or above to anyone you don’t trust.
You wouldn’t give the keys to your house to someone you don’t trust. Take the same caution with your website.
- Use common sense.
At the end of the day, common sense can go a long way. Think about ways you protect other valuables and apply those same measures to your WordPress site.
By following these simple security steps with WordPress, you give your website that extra edge. In turn, giving you a little peace of mind.
Robert Harmon, Technical Director/Developer
As Technical Director, Robert manages all the programming and manages configurations for all our projects and creates the foundations of most of our websites and applications. Robert is a Gold-Certified Sitefinity Developer and brings with him over 10 years development experience. As a side diversion he runs one of the top 10,000 most trafficked web sites on the internet.