We all want to ensure that our WordPress website is safe from hacking, don’t we? WordPress website is controlled by WordPress admin area. It is the part which should be accessible to the admins of the website only. In this article, we are going to know how to protect your WordPress Admin area with premium ways?
Using Two-Step Verification for WordPress login
Two-step verification adds an extra level of protection to your WordPress admin area other than password. When you use two-step verification, you need a code from authenticator app like Google Authenticator when you login your website. You can also use SMS or Phone Call based system for two-step verification. At WPCounsel, we have used Jetpack and thus are using SMS based two-step verification system. Due to this, if hackers get success to get my password as well, he should be able to get SMS passcode send to me during login process which is out of his/her access. Thus, our WordPress website becomes secure.
Limit the Login Attempts
If hackers get an opportunity to try thousands of possible password combinations through brute force attack, they may get success in getting your right password. Not only that brute force attack makes your website slow giving lots of load to the server. To tackle this issue, you need to limit the login attempts.
You can limit the login attempts using a simple plugin called Loginizer. This plugin allows you to set maximum password retries, lockout time, maximum lockouts and many more. This is one of the must-have WordPress plugins for WordPress website security.
Reset Password for all users
If you’ve a big website with several users, there is always higher security risks as well. Your user account’s password may be safe. But, the hacker may be able to get into the account of some other random users. Its hard to know which user’s password has been compromised. In that case, all you can do is reset password for all users at a time.
Its very easy to setup this feature in your WordPress website. All you have to do is install a plugin called Emergency Password Reset. Upon the installation of this plugin, you can go to Users >> Emergency Password Reset page and click on the Reset all passwords button. Now, all users get an email to reset the password of their user account.
Using Website Application Firewall (WAF)
Website Application Firewall (WAF) is third-party service which monitors all the traffic that comes to your website and automatically blocks the suspicious traffics. It’s best in controlling the brute-force attack as well because such traffics get stopped from WAF itself. Well, this is the feature which generally costs you. You can use the WAF of Sucuri or CloudFlare. WPCounsel is using free-version of CloudFlare to protect itself from such attack. You can pay for Sucuri or Cloudflare to get premium services which really values.
Use strong password
The most important part is using the strong password. WordPress suggests you use the strong password. Never hesitate to use then just because such passwords are difficult to remember. If you think you cannot remember, you can save that password somewhere safe and get that when you need to login. But, never ever compromise with website security using a weak password.
Website security is always the dynamic subject. There are very smart hackers who could find loopholes in your website and get into it. Using above ways, you are doing minimum security arrangement for your website. These ways will help you to keep your website secure to much extent.
We’ll be updating and posting more WordPress website security-related articles in coming days as well. So, keep following WPCounsel.