5 simple tips for making your WordPress site more secure
1) Don’t use ‘admin’ as your username
Whatever you do, don’t make your username ‘admin’. If you didn’t change anything while installing WordPress this is likely what you already use to log in. If that’s the case, the best thing you can do is create a new user and set it as administrator. Then delete the old ‘admin’ user.
2) Choose a secure password
This is an obvious one, but make sure your password is a strong one. So if your password is currently password123, change it now! A combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and keyboard symbols is a good way to make your passwords difficult to guess. Try to avoid the old clichés like your username, your pet, favourite sports team or your birth date, and remember; the longer the better!
3) Keep WordPress Updated
When WordPress releases a new version, it usually fixes any known security issues and vulnerabilities. Thus, it’s in your interest to keep your site updated with the latest version of WordPress.
But be careful! Before you click ‘update’ make sure you have a full backup of your site. For a great guide on updating your WordPress site, read this article.
4) Be careful with plugins
Plugins can be exploited by hackers and, if you have a few sitting on your site that you don’t use or don’t need, it’s a good idea to give your site a good spring clean and get rid of them. Ensure all plugins you are using are a) up to date and b) from a reputable source, a quick online search should give you a good idea of this.
5) Backup regularly
It’s a good idea to take regular back-ups of your site and also to just generally be aware of what files are on your site. This way you stay ahead of the game and, should the unthinkable happen and your site does become compromised, you’ll be in the best position to restore a clean version of your site.
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