WordPress security is a main focus area for website owners. Every week, Google blacklists around 20,000 or more websites for malware and phishing.
If your serious about your business and website, then you should focus on how to secure your worpdress website.
Here are the steps you should follow to secure your website :
Keeping WordPress Updated: WordPress is regularly maintained and updated by their team. By default, WordPress automatically installs minor/small updates. But For major releases, you need to manually update the wordpress. And you should regularly update your website to prevent it from hackers.
Strong Passwords and User Permissions: Hackers first attempt is through stolen passwords. Always use strong passwords using password generator to protect your website from hackers. Not just for WordPress admin password, but also for FTP, database password, WordPress hosting account ect, and your professional email address as well.
Change the Default “admin” username : Always change the default WordPress admin username was “admin” to something related to your project or something you can easily remember which will help you to secure your website.
Disable File Editing : Once you are done with completion of your project, then disable file editing so that hackers cannot modify your website if by chance the are able to login to website .You can easily do this just by adding the following code in your wp-config.php
// Disallow file edit
define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );
Limit Login Attempts : By default wordpress allow users to attempt login as many as times they want. But you can limit the login attempts to prevent brute force attack by hackers. There are many plugins available to restrict the login attempts.
Change WordPress Database Prefix: By default, WordPress uses wp_ as the prefix for all tables in your database, which makes it easier for hackers to guess what your table name is. This is why we recommend changing it before you start your project.