Now that about 20% of all websites are build with WordPress (yay!), there are sadly also more hackers focussing in the platform (boo).
Here are some useful practices and plug ins that will help your website to stay safe:
1. Choose extremely complex username and password combinations both for your WordPress account and your hosting log in. If you are struggling with this, you can use an application like Lastpass to help you out. Remember also that you can create guest access to your WordPress site easily in the “user” tab so you don`t have to give your password away if you are getting support.
2. Keep your plug ins and themes updates! When you see a little number and two arrows in a circle at the top left of your dashboard top bar, it means that there are updates to run. Often when there is an issue with a plug in or a theme a new version is released, so keeping both up to date lowers your risk of experiencing technical problems.
3. Protect yourself against brute attacks – these are attacks in which hackers try a huge number of log in combinations automatically to gain access to your site. A plug in like BruteProtect will help you limit the number of attempted log ins to increase your safety.
4. Create regular backups of your site! This is a really good investment of your time and energy – if anything happens, you will always have the latest version ready to be uploaded again. Here is an overview of current backup plug ins. If you are looking for a free option, I can recommend BackWPup.