Naturally, there may be ways other website designers keep out hackers, but this is what I do. My platform of choice is WordPress, so there are a few things I do to keep a website safe.
- Install WordFence
WordFence is a plugin that keeps out hackers and it is great at doing just that. If there are too many aborted logins to your website, it locks them out. In the upgraded version, you can keep IP’s from different areas of the country or other countries from even being able to see your website. If you see a lot of attempted logins from an area, this is a good feature. It is great and I highly recommend it.
- Keep your software and plugins updated. This means the WordPress software, plugins, and themes since t is critical to ensure all software is kept up to date in order to keep your site secure. Hackers can get in through much older versions of your software, making it vulnerable.
- Use a strong password. I go ahead and use a password generator to create a password, rather than trying to do it on my own. Here is the one I use.
- Use SSL. An SSL is an internet communication protocol that protects the data exchanged between the user and the website. It is that lock symbol on most websites in the browser bar. In fact, many browsers will label your website as unsafe if you do not have one.
- Make sure your hosting does daily backups in case your website does get hacked. Whenever I do updates on a client’s website, I make sure I create a hard copy backup before starting on any updates. You never know when you will need to revert back to a day or two before. Trust me, this is a lifesaver.