Guys Web Security should be an abiding and ongoing concern for all websites. No matter what precautions you’ve taken, there is always room for improvement. This is because there is no such thing as foolproof security. Hosting, weak passwords, older versions of WordPress, or dubious themes / plugins are the possible entry points for bots to make way into your site.
One way that you can make it harder for hackers is by stepping up the protection of your WordPress Admin or Login Page. It is the gateway to your website, and you can stop most of the mischief right at the doorstep, by hardening the security on this page.
Some ways that you can go about protecting your Admin page,
# Change Username
The default username in WordPress is “Admin” and bots know this. Now, if they can guess your password, you’ve literally handed them an invitation to enter. So change your username to something unique and un-guess-able. For instance, for New York Soccer Club, ‘NY Soccer’ is not a fit username.
You can change the username by following these simple steps,
- Log in to WordPress using your existing Admin user account.
- Add a new user by clicking on Users > Add New.
- Pick “Administrator” as the role for this new user. Go for a unique username here, as this newly added user will become the new admin user.
- Log out of the old “Admin” user account.
- Log in again using the new unique username you created.
- Delete the original “Admin” user. You’ll need to resign all your old posts from the old “Admin” user to the new user.
# Strong Password
Changing the username is only half way there. Strengthen your password so bots can’t guess it. Birthdays, pet’s name, favorite sportsperson can all be guessed correctly. Brute force attacks are just frequent and repeated attempts at guessing the password by trial and error. And they are bound to succeed if the password is weak. Therefore, strong passwords are important.
# Limit User Access
If you’re the only one who accesses the Admin, this one is not for you. But if you’re allowing multiple users to access the backend, you should keep a tight control over their privileges. Permit access and privileges only to the areas and to the extent that is necessary for them to perform their tasks.
Not only that, the users on your site should also be required to use strong passwords. To ensure this, you can install the Force Strong Passwords plugin. This plugin allows users to access the site only if they have set up a strong password for themselves. Or you could look at Login Security Solution, which also examines and enforces password strength, without annoying genuine users.
# Change Your Login URL
The URL for logging into all WordPress websites is, by default, your site’s main URL followed by wp-login.php or wp-admin – for instance, mywebsite.com/wp-login.php. Hackers know this, and if you can change this URL, you’ll be making it harder for them to get into your website.
You can install Protect WP-Admin to change the URL of your admin panel and blocking the default links. You can change it to anything you like, such as mywebsite.com/allow_admin_access. When a query for mywebsite.com/wp-login.php or mywebsite.com/wp-admin, reaches the site, it will be redirected to homepage. And only the custom URL will be allowed to the admin panel
# Add SSL To Your Website
SSL is standard security technology. HTTP is the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol for transfer of data between a server and a browser. The secure version of HTTP is HTTPS, the “S” standing for Secure. Together they verify the identity of the website to the user, and assure the user about the confidentiality between the website and the user’s browser.
Once you’ve set up SSL / HTTPS, the server encrypts data and only the user’s browser can decipher it. To any unwelcome third party, the data won’t make any sense and will just appear as a string of characters. As a bonus, you’ll find that Google favors HTTPS while ranking websites.
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