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How to secure WordPress website

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Secure WordPress (security) has always been food for thought. Even though most of the latest updates deal with WordPress security issues, there is still a lot that can be done to improve that security, even by the less tech-savvy of us. In this article, I’d like to enumerate a number of suggestions on how to improve security on your own WordPress website.

  • Change the WordPress database table prefix
  • Back up your site regularly
  • Rename your login URL
  • Don’t use the “admin” username
  • Set strong passwords for your database
  • Secure your hosting setup
  • Use strong passwords
  • Protect the wp-config.php file
  • Disallow file editing
  • Set directory permissions carefully
  • Disable directory listing with .htaccess
  • Update regularly
  • Remove your WordPress version number
  • Monitor your files
  • Protect the wp-admin directory
  • Limit login attempts
  • Secure your own PC
  • Updating plugins regularly
  • Downloading plugins/themes from well known sources
  • Delete plugins you don’t use (be careful)
  • Reduce the overall number of plugins (some can be replaced)
  • Install security plugin (some well-known plugins)
  • Protecting WordPress from brute force attacks
  • Using CloudFlare
  • Performe a theme check
  • Block pingbacks and trackbacks
  • Generate a new WordPress security keys
  • Disabling XML-RPC
  • Disabling PHP error reporting
  • Keep an eye on your Google Console
  • Become a regular reader of Sucuri
  • Check out unsecure plugins

 

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