Companies have security officers and CCTV on their premises for protection. The same applies to your website. You need to protect it from hackers who will visit it. Here are 5 simple ways to protect your website from hackers. The advanced methods you need to use to protect your website can be found in the article, “Advanced Steps to Take Ensuring Website Security”.
So, here are the 5 simple steps:
1. Install Security Plugins
Install security plugins on your WordPress website. Some WordPress security plugins you can install include iThemes Security, Wordfence, Jetpack, Sucuri, Wp fail2ban, VaultPress, MalCare, All in One WP Security and Firewall, and Bulletproof Security.
2. Update Software
Make sure your WordPress is the updated version. For example, don’t be running WordPress 5.6 when version 5.7 is available. Moreover, make sure your plugins, apps, and any scripts installed on your website are updated. The rule of thumb is that update everything that needs to be updated on your website.
3. Use SSL
In simple English, SSL certificates protect any data transferred between your website and database. This prevents hackers from having access to such data. An example of such data may be the credit card information of your website users. A website with an SSL certificate will have a padlock beside its name in the address or browser bar or “https” beginning the name of the website in the address or browser bar. This shows to the public that the website is secure. You may have to buy an SSL certificate; however, some hosting providers can give you one for free as part of your package.
4. Secure Password
In order to protect your website from hackers, you need to have a secure password for your wp-admin login. Hackers can guess your password if it is easy. Your password should have a combination of numbers, caps and small letters, and symbols. This way, it will be difficult for anyone to guess.
5. Automatic Backups
The last safety measure is to automatically backup your website. It is good to backup your website frequently. You can store your backup files on your server or on your personal computer. However, it is advisable to store it in both places, if possible in multiple places.
The security of your website cannot be underemphasized. Do your best to keep your website from all forms of attacks.