6 Security Features to Ensure Your WordPress Website is Secure
In this article you will learn how to implement 6 security features to safeguard your website from unwanted visitors and maintain its integrity.
Why is it important to have a secure website?
The problem is you have heard the importance of website security and you hear about websites getting hacked, but you don’t think it could happen to your site.
Do you believe that your website is not vulnerable to attack and it takes too much time and effort to secure it?
If you believe your website doesn’t need security, this article will explain why it is important to secure your website and how to make 6 simple changes that will preserve your investment and avoid future problems.
How to secure your website with 6 security features
- Strong Password. You have probably heard that a strong password is important. WordPress makes this easy by generating long complex combinations of letters, symbols and numbers for you to use. You should create a complicated password and store it in a safe place.
- Security Plugin. A security plugin can be free or paid. WordFence, iThemes, and Jetpack are a few good security plugins. Do your research and find a good security plugin for your website.
- SSL Certificate. An SSL is becoming more and more common for websites. When you see https in front of the URL, then you know it is secured with an SSL certificate. Three reasons to have an SSL include increased security of data, higher Google rankings, and increased customer trust. You can purchase the SSL certificate from your website hosting company.
- CAPTCHA. This feature is most commonly seen on forms. It is important to prevent spam and automated extraction of data from your website. When creating website forms, always include the CAPTCHA at the end.
- Domain Privacy. This is a feature which allows you to keep your personal information out of the public WHOIS database.This service is provided by your website hosting company, and should prevent you from receiving additional spam and junk mail.
- Two factor authentication. Instead of having just a password, this feature gives an extra layer of protection. When you enter your password, an authorization code is sent via text or email. You must then enter that authorization code within a set period of time, approximately 10 minutes, in order to log in to your website.
Helpful Do’s and Dont’s for advanced users and newcomers.
Do your research. Evaluate each of these security items. Do take the time to secure your website to give yourself peace of mind. It is much easier to be proactive about security, than to wait until your website is hacked, and precious time is lost in cleaning up the website.
Don’t procrastinate any longer. These features are simple and can be set up easily with a little time and effort. Don’t underestimate the importance of website security.
Now it’s time to take action. Go ahead and sign into your website. Use the above list as a checklist to see which features you already have and which ones you could implement.
If you don’t have the time to implement these security features or would like to learn more about website security contact me at captivatingtheweb.com.