5 simple steps to avoid WordPress security problems

Locking things down

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The primary reason WordPress sites get hacked is due to lax security, outdated software, themes and plugins. If you have a WordPress website, you now have the unavoidable responsibility to keep your site up to date.

It’s your responsibility to handle WordPress security problems.

 

When WordPress updates — you update!

When your theme or plugins offer an update — you update!

Don’t keep up and you may wake up one morning to a hacked or broken site.

How do you avoid WordPress security problems?

Here’s what you do.

1. Create a separate admin account.

Once your WordPress site is setup, setup a new admin level account and then delete the default Admin account. Hackers look for that “admin” account to exploit.

2. Use a non-obvious username.

Make sure your WordPress Username is not your name. That’s the first guess those trying to access your system will make.

3. Use a secure password.

Change your password to something wacky. Not your pet’s name, not your husband’s nickname, not your birth date — and for goodness sake not “password”.

Include at least 8 characters, both upper and lower case and throw in some other characters for good measure. WordPress suggests difficult passwords like this:

vPh#GwJ7p3Fe7Nr$lr@Fn0P8

…on your User page under Account Management > New Password > Generate Password Button.

As crazy as those passwords are — they work — use them! Do the same for your server/FTP password by creating a different password than what you use for your WordPress login.

4. Install a security plugin.

All In One WP Security & Firewall or Wordfence Security will help you to cover all the bases.

5. Frequently backup your site and run updates.

Update, update, update! But back-up first! When you see that notice of an available WordPress update, stop and update WordPress and your plugins right then and there. Not sure how? I’ve got a GoDaddy tutorial to help you backup and update WordPress too.

You can avoid getting hacked by securing your site by following the above 5 simple steps!

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Judith Kallos
Judith is an established Business Coach and WordPress Consultant who has run The IStudio® for more than two decades. She assists Netrepreneurs who want to create effective websites while tutoring them on the best practices that are necessary to their long-term prosperity. You can also find her extending a helping hand as a Community Founder and Trusted Advisor over on GoDaddy's Community Forums.