Do you know, in spite of using the most prominent content management system, your administrative account can be compromised due to numerous malicious cyber-attacks such as hacking? Being the most sought-after CMS, WordPress has become the most prone and the favorite spot of hackers for stealing the entire control of your website. Should you take these securities nonchalantly, get ready for a taker over of your precious account by some online bandits.
Once hacked, nobody knows how difficult it would be to retrieve all the power of your website, hence, we recommend you not only to pay attention to writing passionate articles for your viewers but also making sure you protect the wp-admin account. And to make your account safer than before, follow the steps below carefully. We have summed up as many safety tips as possible, it starts from beginners to pro level.
How to Protect Wp-admin Account
Always use a strong password
We all have been hearing this cliché ever since we started using E-mails, but only a few follows. In fact, it is the most effective way to secure your account among all. Likewise, this rule applies not only to your admin account but also to that of the subordinates. Make your password easy to remember for you but hard to guess by others. If you are suspicious about any hacking attacks, you can command all your subordinate account holders to change their passwords at once by using a plugin called-Emergency password reset plugin.
Hide the login page
Many of us still use the very basic method of loading the login page which comprises URLs such as website name/wp-admin or /login.php. This makes reaching your login page a child’s play and they continuously do conjecture until they crack your password. You can easily hide your login page URL by using various plugins such as WPS Hide Login.
Put a bar on login attempts
What could be the more accessible tools to hackers than the unlimited number of login attempts? Yes, you heard it right, the WordPress by default permits as many guess work as anybody wants to do while opening up an account. However, you can easily set the number of limits to this act by using a plugin called-‘Login LockDown’. After a successful activation of this plugin, go to the Settings menu and visit Login LockDown page to customize how many chances you want to give someone to access your account. We recommend you to set it at five times utmost.
Support your website with Firewall
Website application firewall (WAF) is indeed the most crucial move to keep your website constantly secure for each and every second. Owing to WAF, all your website traffic will pass through a firewall before reaching your website. In this way, if anybody attempts to hack or damage your account, the firewall will detect it and won’t let any mishap to take place. There are several firewall plugins available in the store, you can prefer some reliable firewall plugin such as WordFence to secure your account.
One step to secure your Wp-Admin Directory
Besides the usual password, this one step to lock your directory makes hacking your account twice as difficult as it was before. To add a password to your directory, you need to follow the steps below:
- Login to your WordPress account using Cpanel software.
- Head on ‘Directory Privacy’ icon.
- Select your WordPress folder from /public_html/ directory.
- After selecting the folder, you need to click the checkbox mentioning ‘Password Protect This Directory’ and give a name to the protected directory.
- Save the directory name and set up a strong password which will be asked every time while operating directory.
- Finally, click save button.
Regularly update your WordPress software
The older your WordPress software is, the more prone to the numerous malicious attacks your website will be. Once a newer version of WordPress is available, you should update it as soon as possible. These updates are released keeping in mind to fix the loopholes and bugs present in the previous ones. In addition to the whole WP software updates, you should not forget regular updating your plugins for better performance and security.
Log out your account when not in use
Most of us generally close the window after editing or adding contents to their website without logging out from the CMS. WordPress generally doesn’t log you out of the system automatically unless you do it by yourself. Although reason you may not have faced any attack till now, but thousands of accounts are being hacked daily due to this small mistake. Better safe than sorry; hence you ought to break this habit of logging out your account after every use.
What if your subordinate users are not following the logging out habit? Thankfully, there is another quick fix for this headache. All you need to do is install ‘Idle User Logout’ plugin to your WordPress CMS and activate it. Once fully activated, go to the settings menu and click Idle User Logout. Here, you have a lot of control so that you can log out any user without their permission. You can also set the time after which each of the accounts will be logged out by its own after exiting from the page.
Go for a reliable Webhosting
It is a significant factor to choose a prominent and trustworthy web hosting before you plan to start your website. We recommend don’t rush at a cheap web hosting company where you may end up losing your priceless data just because of trying to save a meager amount of money. Another mistake you do is by preferring cheap public cloud web hosting rather than a reliable one. It is indeed true that clouds are far better than the conventional ones in today’s world; very few know its drawbacks. If a website is affected by some sort of VIRUS, all the other websites under the same cloud may get affected too. Therefore, if your website has grown remarkably, you should go for either private cloud web hosting or a reliable traditional one.
Besides, you should keep in mind that your web host provides the following prerequisites:
- A system to detect any intrusion
- Web Application Firewall
- Account isolation
- Should support the latest PHP and MySQL
Secure login with SSL
While logging into your administrative account, make sure that the website is fully encrypted. To know whether your website is encrypted or not, look at the URL section and check out SSL such as https://, etc. for secure login. You should contact the web hosting provider if you do not see any encryption certificates. Without SSL certificates, it would be the easiest task for hackers to break into your account. In addition to this, you can also add SSL by your own with the help of various plugins present in the WordPress.