“Is your website threatened by HACKERS?”

If you own a website, the above question would always be a concern to you.

Incase of a computers, we all know that we have install a Anti-virus program along with an Internet Security Application and Malware Protection to secure our computers from any such threats.

So do we really have such a solution for securing our websites as well?

Of-course we have. However, their are many parameters or variables to secure a website running on different environments. We would be primarily discussing the most common type here. So we are considering a shared hosting with WordPress CMS in this case. WordPress Security

1. Using a Shared Hosting:

WordPress hosting security is one of the most key factor for any website. Shared hosting provided by any hosting company provides a basic level of security for any kind of WordPress website.

2. Captcha Verification:

Adding a captcha verification to the Login page, User Registration Page or Blog or Forum Page where users are allowed to comment can increase the security of the website. This will detect any malicious bot activity and prevent your website from such threats.
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3. 2-factor Authentication:

2-factor Authenticate as the name suggest add another level of security to your login page and helps securing your website from any unwanted access. The most common and easy to go plugin would be the Google Authenticator.
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4. Securing Admin Account and Password:

The Admin account name for the website should never be the generic ones like “Admin” or “Administrator”. Try to keep them less predictable and preferably Alphanumeric. Further, we should always go for a very Strong Password for all the admin accounts for best password security. WordPress already have this feature integrated and we should always use this feature while creating any Admin account.

5. Update Blacklisted IP’s:

Always update your website database for Blacklisted IP’s. There are many such Internet Security companies who share such kind of databases for free.

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6. Malware Scanning & Auditing:

This kind of plugin would help secure your website by searching posts and comments tables of your database for anything suspicious.

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7. Monitor Live Traffic:

Monitoring live traffic at real time can reduce any potential threats on your website. Their are many WordPress Plugins available which can detect any real-time threat and block it.

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8. Efficient User Management:

Grant your users only the access they require for performing their actions/job on the website. Review your user list frequently, deleting those that are obsolete, downgrade roles, if required.

9. Limit Login Attempts:

Another very efficient way to restrict unwanted access to your website is to restrict the login attempt of the users. A general trend is to restrict access to your website for 48 hours after 3 consecutive login failures.

10. Restrict FTP Access:

Unless required, all FTP connections should be restricted for your website. If you have an active FTP connection, make sure it’s secured (sFTP for file transfer or SSH for shell access).

Conclusion:

Website Security is key to success for any Business as it builds trusts to your customers, clients or partners that their data is in safe hands creating a wonderful customer experience around your business.

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