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5 WordPress Security Tips : Securing WordPress

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WordPress which is one of the popular Content Management Systems is getting targeted by cyber hackers in a wide range.  The security of the website is always a question for the developer and site admin.

Since last year, cyber attacks on WordPress has been increased and that too also because of vulnerable Plugins. Hope you all know about WordPress Plugins, as it gives extra customization and features to WordPress sites.

Here are some basic recommendations on how to improve your WordPress site's security, and tighten the security level.

1. Keep WordPress core and Plugins updated
As I have already mentioned that WordPress Site gets hacked mostly by Vulnerable plugins and themes, so the first recommendation from my side is to keep the Plugins and WordPress CMS up to date. There are many Plugins that are still vulnerable to different attacks attackers can easily find the exploitation of the vulnerability on google.
Moreover many times security researchers discover vulnerabilities on WordPress core, which acts as a Zero-Day for a while, but the WordPress team tries to release the patch as soon as possible. So It is always recommended to update your WordPress Core to the latest one.

2. Recommend Strong passwords.
It is always recommended to all internet users have a strong and complex password for their accounts. Always choose complex and long passwords for authentication. If your site has multiple users then force them to register with a strong password. As a site admin, you can install WP Password Policy Manager or Force Strong Passwords to make users set up accounts with stronger passwords, even if they like it or not.
Taking a Strong and complex password makes the attackers work quite hard to crack it.

3. Backup's for Secure
Having the site automatically backup itself at regular time intervals allows you to go back in time before any "malfunction" or point of attack. There are many Plugins available for this task, and for this, you can simply search for them from the plugins panel.
Another thing I like to tell is that always download Plugins and Themes from well-known, trusted, and established sources.

4. Change the default admin username 
Now, this is another factor of security which you should give attention to. Many times developers and site admin leaves the username of the site to default i.e. "admin". This makes the attacker's work easier as he/she can perform brute-force attacks on the admin panel of the site with the default username.

Now WordPress gives preference to users to change the username of the site during the installation process. You can change the username there or you can also do it by editing the wp_users table in your MySQL database. [Note If you know about MySQL database then only go with the option.] Another way you can do it is by the Admin renamer extended plugin, which you can easily get it. 

5. Disable directory browsing
Enabling directory browsing on your site is comparable to keeping your door always open for hackers. With directory browsing, attackers can gather lots of internal information about your site. Directory listing occurs when the web server does not find an index file (i.e. an index.php or index.html) – and, if directory listing is turned on, the server will display an HTML page listing its contents. It is simple to disable directory browsing is to upload a blank index.html or index.php file in each directory and sub-directory except the root.

Final Words
The above-discussed tips and recommendations are basic, and these can be opted for by simple users who don't have much technical knowledge. There are more security measures to boost the security of your WordPress site as using some useful security Plugins, Disable Custom HTML, security audit of the site, enabling SSL (HTTPs) on the site, Hiding indexes using .htaccess file, and so on. 

If you have more WordPress security tips to share Do let us know. You can contact us or share tips right in the comment below. 
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