How to Secure Your WordPress Website

March 9, 2010BlogLeave a reply

In the present age, any who owns a business or who wants to stay connected to the rest of the world requires the aid of the Internet. In order to stay in the competition, every business should ideally own a website. Given the ease of use with the WordPress platform, website building is a simplified process even for the most amateur of web users. But after your website is built, how do you ensure its security?

Unlike your desktop computers and laptops, online websites do not come with “quarantine” or “anti-virus” options against spammers and hackers. To combat these online vices, we have come up with a few tips:

Security Plugins for WordPress

Securing WordPress may be tough, but it is not impossible. The first thing you can do to protect your new WordPress-based website is to use plugins meant for increased security. To improve the security of your WordPress theme, you may like to try the following plugins.

Limit Login Attempts

A very useful plugin for securing your website, it simply blocks a user from entering your website for approximately 20 minutes if s/he enters the wrong password more than thrice.

Semisecure Login

Uses a simple public key to encrypt client password. Click here.

Sabre

Keeps fake user logins away from your website. Click here.

Secure WordPress

Secures your installation using a few functions, e.g. by hiding details of your WordPress version from non-administrators. Click here.

Bad Behaviour

Checks visitor’s IP address against a database called Project Honey Pot for possible spammers. If visitor is malicious, plugin blocks the IP address from getting into your website.

Optional Methods

It is advisable to use all the above-mentioned plugins in order to secure your website. In addition to those options, we have included a few other methods for those who wish for maximum security.

Empty file index.html/index.php

By default, the WordPress system comes with an exposed directory. This allows all visitors to view the various plugins used in the website. By uploading an empty index.php or empty index.html within the base plugin directory, this problem can be averted.

Limiting Access to Website Admin

You can always limit the access of your website admin to specific IP addresses using the .htaccess file. This is a basic server level file that restricts user access by interacting with the server even before interacting with the web browser. In this way, you can restrict access to your website admin to just the IP address of, for example, your office or home computers.

Changing Admin Account Name

In the WordPress system, “admin” is by default your website account. Once a user knows this, he just needs to crack your password to enter your website admin. Hence, changing the name of the admin account is one of the best ways to secure your website.

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