The issue of security is very crucial in all aspect of life and so it is in the internet world. This publication came as a result of questions that was asked by some of our readers on how best to secure websites.
There are some internet touts out there known as hackers who are always watching out for website’s weakness so that they can attack and manipulate it for their selfish purposes. Your website safety should mean everything to you if you have the interest at heart.
Here in this publication, I have outlined some security measurements you need to take to secure your website.
Avoid clicking suspicious links
This is very important because hackers put lots of effort into creating malicious codes, send them to their target’s e-mails and then wait for the target to click it. After clicking these links you may be a victim of malwares and spywares which will secretly send details regarding your website to the intruder. For example, I have received several emails which claimed to come from my Bank, requesting me to click the links therein. If you’re sent this kind of e-mail, verify to make sure it is from the right source else, ignore them.
Avoid using public computers to login your website
The use of public computer to access your website should be stay away from. There is every tendency that when you continue to use any computer you came across to access your private information, you will always be a victim of spywares. From experience, I have come to discover that people easily get their information leaked in cyber cafés.
Use good antivirus
The first step you must take in order to combat insecurity in the cyber world is the use of Antivirus software to secure your computer. Good and powerful antivirus software helps you against Viruses, Malwares, spywares and others. If you’ve gotten one, make sure you keep it updated against the latest threat.
A client once asked me if the use of free antivirus software is enough to keep his system secure. For now, free antivirus softwares sometimes are not enough to keep you 100% safe from threat. Because most of the powerful features are held back until you purchase the premium. This explains why your computer always gets infected even when you have the antivirus software installed.
Avoid every possible security loopholes to your website by ensuring that all plugins are regularly updated. Delete the ones that are not in use at the moment. Always watch out for new WordPress update and make sure you are always updated.
Secure your website with a third party plugin
Even after putting all these security measures in place, some hackers still attack your website directly. How? You may ask. Well, it may interest you to know that in default, WordPress has no limit to which you enter an incorrect password. Often times, when an intruder wants to forcefully login to your WordPress site; he tries to guess the credentials rightly, by trying several passwords. But having a plugin which gives you total security and real time notification would be a good option. I recommend WordFence plugin. The plugin is free and trusted to keep your website secured and give you real time notification about your website security challenges. WordFence can be downloaded from the WordPress site.