Cyberattacks are on the increase, so check out our best practice tips to boost your online security and protect your website from security threats.
Use strong passwords
Make sure your passwords are long and complex with at least ten characters and a mix of numbers and symbols. Have a different password for every online service you use. An online password manager is a useful tool for storing your passwords, and only need to remember one password to access them.
Limit failed login attempts
WordPress doesn’t limit the number of failed login attempts, which can make WordPress websites an easier target for brute force attacks. Brute force attacks are the trial and error method used by hackers and bots to gain entry into a website. To prevent this, you should limit the number of failed login attempts per user. You can do this through the WordPress Limit Login Attempts plugin.
Keep your software up to date
Outdated plugins and themes are another way hackers can gain access to your site. So, keep on top of updates as they’ll contain vital security patches. When you shop for a theme or plugin, check the star ratings and reviews, but be wary about installing software that comes from third parties other than Microsoft, Apple and Google-managed app stores.
Choose better quality web hosting
Choose a security-conscious hosting company that routinely undertakes security scans and is committed to protecting your website.
Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires a second step of verification, usually an authorisation code, to log in to your website. This makes it more difficult for unauthorised users to break in, steal information or carry out other malicious attacks. Google Authenticator and Duo for WordPress are two popular two-factor authentication options.
Keep your website backed up
No website will ever be 100% safe because hackers will always find new ways to get around the system. That’s why it’s crucial to always have a recent, good backup of your site.
Having a secure website is more important than ever
If your website gets hacked and blacklisted by Google, you’ll lose website visitors and trust in your business. At Two Lizards we protect sites with SSL certificates to encrypt personal data, back up sites and update all software and plugins regularly for security. If you would like an up-to-date and better-protected website, please contact us or call 01403 731028 for more information.