Having a website gives you the freedom to make your favorite content read by tens of thousands of users from all over the world every single day and make money without following the standard 9 to 5 routine.
Many users are already doing it and living a life of their dreams. You can also do the same and build a business that generates you a steady passive income.
However, while doing so, make sure you follow the necessary security measures to keep your site protected from cyber hackers, malware and brute force attacks. Google bans around 10K websites every day for malware and 50K websites for phishing every week. Secure your site to ensure it never gets banned by Google for such uncalled-for reasons.
In this guide, we discuss various steps that can be used to enhance your WordPress website’s security. Have a look at these steps and implement them on your site for desired results.
Don’t Use Pirated Plugins & Themes:
Many times, young bloggers end up using pirated versions of premium plugins and WordPress themes on their websites as they are available at a lower cost or completely free on various platforms.
It may sound intriguing to those who have just started their journey and have limited funds to invest in themes and plugins. However, most of these themes and plugins are injected with harmful codes and scripts that can steal your WordPress login ID and passwords, credit card information and other important data.
Imagine this happening with you after a few months when your website has just started doing well in search results. As soon as Google detects there is something wrong with your website and its security has been compromised, it can ban it immediately, causing you a huge loss after putting in months of efforts.
If you don’t want something like that to happen, never go for pirated plugins and themes. Always use the ones that can be downloaded directly from the developing website.
If you don’t have enough funds, there are plenty of free themes and plugins that can make your life easy in the beginning. Use them, and once you start making some revenue, switch to premium themes and plugins of your choice.
Avoid Using Public Wi-Fi:
Who doesn’t like free Wi-Fi? But think of all the risks that you expose yourself to when trying to opt for a free Wi-Fi on an airport, railway station or community center. As it’s free and accessible to hundreds of other users at the same time, anyone with a decent knowledge of hacking can steal your information, login ID passwords, and other data that’s not supposed to be revealed publicly.
If you don’t want this to happen, then avoid using Wi-Fi in public places. However, if it’s very urgent and you have to use public Wi-Fi, then use a good VPN to protect against any possible malware. Here is a useful resource you can refer to understand how to protect your website while accessing it over a public Wi-Fi.
WordPress development team keeps on releasing new updates and bug fixes from time to time. Never ignore these updates if you want to be on a safer side. Update your WordPress version regularly to keep the security standards high.
Take Regular Backups:
It’s always good to take regular backups of your site to keep things under control whenever something wrong happens to your website. In any such case, you can comfortably restore all your data within minutes and put things back on track even before anyone notices.
Switch To SSL Certificates:
Google made it mandatory long back for all the websites and digital stores to have an SSL certificate/HTTPS. Those that don’t have the SSL certificate yet lose not only their rankings but also users’ trust as Google shows a security warning on all such pages.
Besides, experts have confirmed it over and over again that Google gives websites with SSL certificates priority in search results over those that don’t have an SSL certificate. So, install a good SSL certificate on your site as soon as possible and keep its security as well as rankings intact.
If you keep these security tips in mind, you’ll never have to struggle to protect your WordPress website. Implement them as soon as possible and start getting desired results from day one.