Don’t risk learning from experience. Prevent yourself and your website from falling victim to any of these attacks. To ensure that your website stays secure, here are seven tips to consider:
1. Your Username
2. Your PasswordYour password is another thing that should be considered carefully. It gets to be a pain to remember a bunch of different passwords, but if you have a mnemonic trick (or good password manager that will randomly generate passwords), you should only have to remember one or two passwords—and passwords that aren’t memorable will be ones that aren't easily hacked. These will generally contain some string of numbers, numerals and symbols, and they shouldn’t be written on a sticky note next to your computer!
3. Your Theme
4. Your Plugins or ExtensionsAs with themes, viruses could be running rampant in the plugins that you choose to install, so you need to make sure you're only getting plugins from legitimate sources. There are plenty of free or cheap plugins available that will maximize your website's security by limiting login attempts, checking the site for malware or other coding anomalies and more.
5. Your Internet Connection
6. Your CookiesWhen you create your website, you need to make sure your admin password is impossible to crack and that you're the only person with the correct password—but that's difficult to do if your computer is sharing information about passwords and browsing history with every site that you access. Cookies, which are required by most sites in order to smooth your web browsing experience, aren't always benign and can, in fact, compromise the security of your site! Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies, but many sites will bar you from accessing them unless you allow cookies. But definitely make sure you're clearing your browsing history and cookies as often as you can!
7. Your VPNClearing your cookies won't help you in all cases, unfortunately. That's where a Virtual Private Network (VPN) comes in. A VPN will act as the go-between when you're trying to access a website; rather than allowing your computer to blindly share your passwords and browsing history with the sites you're accessing (or whoever else happens to peek in to your internet connection), a VPN will limit the data that's sent and will keep all of that data encrypted so that outsiders no longer can view it.
What other tips do you have for ensuring your website is secure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.