Best Ways to Stiffen Your WordPress Login Security

WordPress is one of the most trusted and reliable platforms for creating a blog, domain, e-commerce, etc. Since it captures more than 25% of the web, it has become one of the most vulnerable and prone to threats (virus, malware, hackers, spammers, etc.) platforms in the past few years. So, no matter how many followers and viewers you’ve got, you’d always remain on the verge of losing your data, and more as hackers might unlock your account with their tricks. To prevent any such situation, you must strengthen the login security of your WordPress account. Here are a few tips to ensure overall safety:

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Bcrypt Password Hashing

WordPress had set its root in 2003, which was years before Facebook launched and changed the world of online and social interaction. At that time, PHP (scripting language) didn’t have any built-in Object-Oriented Programming. After all these years, WordPress has been using this scripting and built. It means that they have not updated their legacies despite the rise in malware, hackers, spammers, and more. Everything that WordPress uses to this day is not safe, and that includes password protection as well.

Since WordPress uses MD5 hashing, all the passwords inserted like ‘123456’ turns into something like ‘e10bgc3949ca59abbe69fe057f20f883a,’ which can be easily hacked in minutes. If you are using WordPress running on PHP5.5 or later, then try the wp-password-bcrypt plugin. It helps in implementing secure bcrypt hashed passwords. You can easily install and activate the plugin via Composer or MU Plugins. Then, re-save your password, and your account will remain safe with you.

Enable WordPress.com Protect

You might wonder why so many websites and apps prompt you to create a strong password. It is because the hackers usually try to login to your account by guessing numerous possible passwords, and this method is called Brute Force. They try to use the most common words and numbers, and thus, it is essential to create a hard to remember password.

Automattic Inc. – an American global distributed company notably known for its contribution in WordPress.com and WordPress- has now brought you the BruteProtect plugin. It is integrated with Jetpack, and using this plugin; you can protect yourself from counter brute-force attacks. You can check the Jetpack Dashboard Widget to find its effectiveness in blocking malicious login attempts and spam comments. To use it, install the latest version of Jetpack and connect it to your WordPress website. Enable the “Protect” module, and whitelist your IP address for a secure experience. 

Hide Your Login URL

Because the hackers know the login page of WordPress, i.e., wp-login.php, they recognize where they can impose brute-force attacks. Fortunately, disguising the URL will distract them and will resolve your worry. You can try the WPS Hide Login and iThemes Security plugins.

WPS Hide Login is a very lightweight plugin that lets you quickly and safely change the URL of the login form page to anything you want. It doesn’t change the files to the core but instead intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website. Since the wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, you must bookmark the original URL. Deactivate this plugin to go back to the actual state.

On the other hand, iThemes Security works to lock down WordPress, fix common loopholes, stop automated attacks, and strengthen user credentials. Its advanced features will ensure all-around security at all times.

Enable HTTPS

For people who don’t know much about HTTPS, it is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol used to secure communications over a computer network. HTTPS adds an extra layer of security on your site with data transmission. Nowadays, you can get a valid HTTPS cert for free through Let’s Encrypt. WordPress websites users can easily obtain a Let’s Encrypt certificate with WP Encrypt. So, it is better to get one for yourself as soon as possible. These tricks and methods will get you a secure WordPress account and website only to an extent. Hackers these days are improving every week. Despite adding all the securities, you can fall prey to security threats. To prevent losing any data, take regular backups of the uploaded files and database.

Mila is a Blog expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2003. As a technical expert, Mila has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as everyny.com

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